Darryl Baker, a 6-4 guard/forward out of Danville Area Community College in Illinois, signed to play college basketball at Eastern Kentucky, Coach Dan McHale announced in a news release on Monday.
“Darryl Baker is a huge addition for our program,” McHale said. “He will bring immediate experience and versatility to our explosive backcourt.”
Baker, a native of Jeffersonville, Ind., led Danville in scoring as a sophomore last season, averaging 15.3 points per game to go with 4.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists.
He shot 46 percent (58-of-126) from three-point range.
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Baker played at Lincoln Trail Community College in Robinson, Ill., as a freshman, where he also led his team in scoring at 16.0 points per game. He also averaged 5.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists that season.
“Darryl’s playmaking ability, and his deadly outside shot, make him very tough to guard,” McHale said. “He can change the game in a multitude of ways, and will certainly stuff the stat sheet in a lot of different categories. Darryl is a winner, and we are thrilled that he is a Colonel.”
Baker starred at Jeffersonville High School — just across the Ohio River from Louisville — from 2010 to 2013. He scored 23.4 points per game and broke the school’s record for points in a season (655) as a senior.
Baker joins Butler transfer Jackson Davis (Lexington), Louisville transfer Dillon Avare (Lexington), junior college forward Zach Charles (Mesquite, Texas) and incoming freshman guards Asante Gist (West Orange, N.J.) and Parker Chitty (Columbus, Ind.) in EKU’s 2016 signing class.