Jordan Baker is a 23 year old 201 cm forward from Edmongton, Canada that recently completed his rookie season with Weissenhorn in the German Pro B and played 21 games averaging 15.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 58.4%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 59.5%. He played at the University of Alberta (CIS) from 2009-2014 and as a senior played 28 games averaging 17.1ppg, 8.3rpg, 3.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 30.2%, FT: 66.0%.This summer he is a member of the Canadian national team that I splaying at the university games in South Korea. He spoke to German Hoops before the quarterfinal game against Germany at the university games in South Korea.
Jordan thanks for talking to German Hoops You recently completed your first professional season in Germany with Weissenhorn. You played 21 games averaging 15.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 58.4%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 59.5%. Those were very good Pro B stats and coming from the CIS league were you pleased the way that you played your rookie season?
I was somewhat pleased with the way my rookie season went. Obviously I could have shot the basketball a little bit better from 3 and from the FT line, but we had success as a team and I learned a lot about the European style of play.
Except for three games you scored in double figures in every other game. Consistency was still your middle name. Was this one of your biggest strength in your rookie season or do you feel there was something else that you brought to the table?
Consistency is always important and I made sure to show up for every game ready to compete. I made an effort to do whatever the team needed for us to secure a win.
I saw young Spaniard Carlos Cerdan play twice in the NBBL youth league and you had him in practice often and in games. How much potential does this guy have and what did you like about his game?
Carlos has a ton of potential. He can really pass the basketball but also loves to score and can hurt the defense in a lot of different ways.
What is the next step for Jordan Baker? Are the chances good that you will stay in Germany or could you see yourself landing in a new country to gain further basketball experience in your second season?
My plans for the upcoming season are currently unclear. I would love to stay in Germany and play at a Pro A or BBL level. If that does not work out, I am open to signing in a new country as well.
Currently you are at the university games with Canada in South Korea. In the past you have played national team in places like New Zealand, China or Mexico. What kind of experience has this been for you this summer? You are 23 now, but already played U-19 in 2009. Does one tend to appreciate these type of trips more as one gets older?
This summer has been a different type of national team experience. When I played last summer, I was one of the youngest players on the team and was doing my best to soak in as much information as I could. With this FISU team, I have taken on a leadership role and guys are looking to me to make key plays. I enjoy being a veteran and helping players along.
Canada lost the last game to Russia. What went wrong in that game?
We lost to Russia by 7 in our final game in pool play. We did not move the ball well enough which resulted in us taking too many contested shots. We need to be better moving forward.
Canada has many talented players and in the last years Germany has been a place where an influx of Canadians have come to play. What Canadian teammate do you see having the biggest potential of making it as a professional? Possibly Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson?
It is hard to say which Canadian teammate of mine will have the biggest impact. Everyone brings something different to the table but all are hungry to get their professional careers started.
How excited are you for the Germany game? What kind of game can we await?This will be a great challenge for you as you will be playing against many talented BBL players. Could this be like a hidden try out for you for perspective German teams possibly signing you?
Our game against Germany is an important one. My only goal is to win the game. Whatever happens as a result of that is out of my control. Germany is going to be a tough opponent and it is an exciting challenge.
Have you found time to watch any of the other events? If so what has been your favorite?
We have been out as a team to support other Canadian teams including women’s basketball, volleyball and water polo. I always enjoy volleyball as I used to play it.
What was the last movie that you saw?
The last movie I saw was Kingman: The Secret Service.
Thanks Jordan for the chat.