Shipley’s Baker to attend Holy Cross

Isaiah Baker, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound senior from Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, will play college basketball for Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. next season. — PHOTO/SHIPLEY SCHOOL

Isaiah Baker has really developed into an outstanding basketball player over the years. Baker, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound senior from Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, has now become a Division I basketball player. He has recently decided to play his college basketball for Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. 

The Crusaders play in the Patriot League against teams such as Colgate, Bucknell, Lehigh and Lafayette. Baker feels Holy Cross is a good fit for him. He believes the Crusaders offer him a great opportunity on and off the court.

“I was looking for a school with a good basketball and academic program,” Baker said. “I really like Holy Cross. They have a beautiful campus. They are one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country. I really liked the players and coaches at Holy Cross. It’s about 40 minutes outside of Boston. They play a good schedule. I’m really happy about going there.”

Baker has great roots when it comes to basketball. His father, Jimmie Baker, was an outstanding basketball player at Olney High School. He’s one of the greatest players in Public League basketball history. Isaiah’s sister, Asia Baker, plays basketball at Shipley School. His mother, (Barrie Baker) is also a big basketball fan.

“I really appreciate all the support my mother and father have given me,” Baker said. “They both come to most of my games. My dad has been a big help to me. He has taught me a lot about the game. He’s worked with me on different skills. He’s helped my sister, too.”

Baker has a very smooth game. He has a nice release on his jumpshot. He knows how to get position underneath the basket. He looks for the open man, rebounds and plays good defense. Andre Brown, Shipley School head basketball coach, has been very impressed with his talents. Brown feels Baker will be a solid contributor at Holy Cross.

“Isaiah made a great decision,” Brown said. “Holy Cross is a good school. They play in a great conference. Isaiah is a hard worker. He’s going to continue to improve. He’s playing some great basketball. He’s going to do well in college.”

Baker grew up playing in the Sonny Hill League. He played against some of the best high school players in the Philadelphia area. He also played in the Narberth League. Baker is an outstanding student as well. He chose Holy Cross over some terrific Division I programs such as Princeton, Lehigh, Lafayette and Northeastern. With his college decision out of the way, he can now concentrate on taking Shipley School to the next level.

“I wanted to take my time and make a good decision,” Baker said. “I’m thinking about majoring in economics or political science. Right now, I’m just going to focus on playing for my team. I want to work on my game. I want to help my team as much as I can. I’m really excited about the season.”

 

Contact Tribune staff writer Donald Hunt at (215) 893-5719 or dhunt@phillytrib.com.

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