Jordan Baker Signs First Professional Contract in Germany
TORONTO, October 21, 2014 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Jordan Baker has signed his first professional contract, a one-year deal with German club Weissenhorn Youngstars. Weissenhorn, who competes in the German Pro B league, is the affiliate of German BBL and Euro Challenge club, Ratiopharm Ulm.
Baker, A 6’7’’ forward, is coming off his senior season at the University of Alberta in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), where he was a First Team All-Canadian for the second time in his career, as well as Canada West Conference Player of the Year. Baker averaged 17.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 2.0 steals per game, ranking 15th, 7th, and 7th in the country, respectively. He led Alberta to the Bronze Medal at the CIS Final 8 Tournament, where he was selected to the All-Tournament Team. At the conclusion of the season, Baker was picked to play for the Canadian Senior National Team during their 2014 European Exhibition Tour.
Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Baker graduated from Harry Ainlay High School before heading to the University of Alberta where he kicked off his collegiate career by winning the 2010 Canada West Conference Rookie of the Year award. He played five seasons there, graduating as the Conference’s all-time leading scorer, earning three Canada West First Team selections, and winning two conference championships. In addition to last seasons CIS Bronze Medal, Baker led Alberta to a Silver Medal in 2012.
Before earning a spot on the Canadian Senior National Team this summer, Baker had previously suited up for his country, playing on Canada’s Development National Team that competed at the 2011 Pan American Games as well as the 2011 World University Games.
“I would like to thank everyone who has helped me get to this point in my basketball career and I’m very excited to make my professional debut,” said Baker. “It is an opportunity for me to not only learn and grow as a player, but also to showcase my talents in a new market.”
Weissenhorn went 8-14 and missed the playoffs last season. Baker joins the team four games into the 2014-2015 season, and is expected to fill a number of voids for them.
“We are very excited to have Jordan join our team,” said Danny Jannson, Weissenhorn Head Coach. “We looked for a versatile player who can contribute at multiple positions, and thus were pleased to discover him as a player. We also highly appreciate him having experience with the Canadian National Team program. Hopefully we are able to help his development with international basketball as well.”
For more information and individual box scores for Jordan throughout the season, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/jordan-baker.