Update 04/10 7:30PM: Antwan Tennell told Adam Zagoria that Ian Baker is now fully committed to Providence. Earlier this afternoon, Providence sophomore guard Bryce Cotton announced he would be leaving the program. Cotton's announcement likely sealed the deal for Baker.
On March 30th, multiple reports emerged that had one time Seton Hall target, Ian Baker, headed to Providence to serve as a career backup to Kris Dunn. However, the 2012 point guard of Arlington Country Day School (Jacksonville, FL) visited Seton Hall over Easter weekend and is no longer committed to the Friars according to his AAU Coach, Antwan Tennell via William Gunter of 247Sports.
Following Gunter's tweet, Tennell also spoke with Adam Zagoria telling him that Baker is reevaluating his options after learning Providence point guard, Vincent Council is not leaving school for the NBA Draft. Tennell added that Baker's ACDS teammate, 2012 SG Carlos Morris is also hearing from Seton Hall:
He added that Carlos Morris, also of Arlington Country day, is "wide open" and is hearing from Texas A&M, South Carolina, UConn, Seton Hall, St. John's and Xavier and was waiting to take the SAT later this month.
On January 5th, I learned Seton Hall was hoping to receive a visit from the former South Carolina commit and expected they would make a strong push at securing a pledge from Baker. I was among the many surprised to learn Baker appeared content to accept a backup role instead of heading to a program where he could start and run the show, from day one.
There still seems to be a question surrounding his eligibility as he's slated to take the ACT on April 14th, however Baker doesn't foresee it being a problem, telling the Baltimore Sun:
"I'll definitely be [academically] ready. I'm not going to have any problem with" qualifying.
In other 2012 PG news:
- Former Pirates target, Madison Jones (Ravenscroft, NC) is headed to Wake Forest. The Pirates previously offered Jones, but when he announced in the fall he would sign with Seton Hall or American, the word around the Pirates was that they were not willing to accept a commitment. However, Seton Hall stayed in communication with Jones and the player continued to list the Pirates throughout his entire recruitment all the way up until his decision.
- Daiquan Walker (Constitution High, PA) and his teammates won the PA State title (PIAA Class A) on March 23rd in front of Kevin Willard who attended both the semi final and championship games hosted at Penn State. Last week Adam Zagoria reported the Pirates are still working hard on a commitment from Walker, however he may end up prepping next season.
- JUCO PG Trivante Bloodman (Olney CC, Illinois) took an official visit to Seton Hall in March and was recently watched by Pittsburgh and Western Kentucky. Bloomdman will visit Milwaukee on Friday according to Zagoria and possibly Western Kentucky in the days after.
- Former Mississippi State commit Josh Gray, spoke with new Bulldogs Head Coach, Rick Ray and still plans on asking for his release. Ray believes Gray is open to remaining a Bulldog and recommitting to Mississippi State for the third time. I can't wait until Gray's name lands on a dotted line, somewhere, anywhere. I've spent far too much time following his multiple recruitments. The only thing we know for certain -- Gray seems to be loving the attention as he retweets every potential secondary recruiting violation that is sent his way from multiple fan bases. Seriously, scroll through his page.