Jordan Baker is a 23 year old 201 cm forward from Edmongton, Canada that is starting his professional basketball career with Weissenhorn. He played at the The University of Alberta (CIS) from 2009-2014 and as a senior playing 28 games: 17.1ppg, 8.3rpg, 3.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 30.2%, FT: 66.0%. Last summer he was a member of the Canadian national team and took part in a tour through Europe. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Jordan thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and is there already a winter chill in Edmonton yet?
I am currently in Germany getting settled and starting to train with the team.
You were signed very late to German team Weissenhorn in the German Pro B. What were the main reasons for starting your professional career there?
The reason for signing with Weissenhorn is the market has been very slow so imports so I was looking to get my foot in the door to start my pro career.
It seems like you will be seen as a savior for Weissenhorn. Do you feel pressure having to take on a role like that before having even played your first professional game?
I think it will be a great opportunity to step in and play right away and to hopefully make a positive impact with a young team.
Some people have said that you were the Lebron of the CIS. From your stats, one could say that just adding 10 more points to your points average. Does a comparison like this make you proud or embarrass you a little being compared to probably the best player on the planet?
There is nobody like Lebron James. It is fun to fill the stat sheet up and contribute in many ways to my team’s success.
You are a 201cm guard/forward that can play many positions and is versatile. What do you believe is your biggest asset on the court?
My biggest asset is my motor. Playing every possession with focus and intensity that other players can’t match.
You can really fill up the stats sheet as scoring and rebounding comes to mind first, but what is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away on the court?
My hidden strength is my defense. I really take pride on the defensive end from both a 1 on 1 and team standpoint.
You are an excellent rebounder never averaging under 7,8rpg and three times averaging 9,3rpg or better. What is your secret to rebounding and who has always been your role model cleaning up under the hoop?
Want it more than anyone else.
In your last two seasons you had Branaby Craddock as your head coach. How did he prepare you best for a professional career at the University of Alberta?
Barnaby was always pushing me to expand my game as well to become a better leader and better decision maker.
What kind of an honor was it being named to the 2014 Canadian national team? Did you first have to pinch yourself or were you kind of expecting a call up?
It was a very special summer being able to play on the Senior Team, and I tried to make the most of the opportunity. I’d been a part of the program for lots of years but this summer was the high point.
Last summer you were on European tour playing against many European teams. What kind of experience was it and what was your wake up call to the European style of play?
The tour this summer will hopefully help me to adjust quickly to the style of play I’m about to take part in.
You also had a chance to pick the brain of NBA superstar Steve Nash. What was the most important thing that he could give you as advice that you will sue now in your professional career?
Nash’s best advice was to enjoy every little experience and to always make the most of your time in the gym. No empty workouts.
In the Canadian national team are many NBA players. Which player on the team has really impressed you most with their play and work ethic?
Cory Joseph and Kelly Olynyk are the future of Canadian basketball. When Thompson and Wiggins join the fold I’m sure they will push us to a new level as well.
In 2011 you won a silver medal at the World University Games in Shenzhen playing 5.0ppg, 3.4rpg. That was a few years ago, but what memories do you have of this tournament?
Was a great honor to compete in the FISU games with a group of CIS athletes and make it to an international final. We played as a team and the results followed.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Last Movie I saw was Gone Girl.
Thanks Jordan for the chat