On the day that Rutgers can potentially punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament, their senior leader adds another first for the program.
Geo Baker has been named Big Ten Men’s Basketball Player of the Week. This marks the first time a Scarlet Knight has earned this honor since the team joined the conference back in 2014-15. The announcement comes on the day Rutgers is set to face Nebraska in hopes of picking up their 10th Big Ten victory and solidify their spot in the big dance for the first time in 30 years.
Baker has been labeled as the face of the turnaround within the Rutgers’ basketball program. It is only right that he be the first Scarlet Knight to earn this accolade and it comes following a dominant performance on Senior Night.
The Scarlet Knights handled Indiana 74-63 and Baker finished with 20 points and 10 assists. He also knocked down six three-pointers, which tied a career-high. Baker became the first player in the country this season, and first in Rutgers’ history, to log 10 assists and six three’s in the same game.
This was Baker’s second double-double of his career and second time being acknowledged by the conference. He was named Freshman of the Week back on Dec. 18, 2017.
Baker seems to be playing his best ball at the right time. He has scored in double-figures in seven of his last nine games. He is up to 10.5 points per game while shooting 33% from three-point range. Baker is currently 21st all-time in scoring in Rutgers’ program history. He also ranks sixth in assists and seventh in three-pointers all-time.
With just two games left on the schedule before the Big Ten Tournament, Baker will look to continue to lead Rutgers as they look to make some noise down the stretch.