Wichita State guard Ron Baker to return for junior season

Friday April 4th, 2014

Ron Baker (Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Ron Baker shot 46 percent from the field and 38 percent from three-point range this season. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Wichita State's second-leading scorer this season, Ron Baker, will return for his junior year, sources told ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman on Friday.

The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 13.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game as the Shockers finished 35-1, with the lone loss coming to Kentucky in the round of 32 in the NCAA tournament.

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Baker reportedly sent in an NBA draft evaluation form last week, but was only projected as a second-round pick. He hopes to become a first-rounder with a strong junior season.

Baker "was a virtual unknown coming into college, but has established himself as one of the nation's top guards," Goodman wrote.

The Shockers will return four players who received significant minutes in 2013-14 next season — Baker, sophomore point guard Fred VanVleet, junior guard Tekele Cotton and junior forward Darius Carter.

But they will lose leading scorer Cleanthony Early, who is a senior.

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