Baker bounces up a notch

Dylan Baker is off to Canada later this year to play college basketball. 98535 Picture: JARROD POTTER

LOCAL basketballer Dylan Baker has put pen to paper on a college deal to play in Canada.
The 18-year-old Dandenong Rangers representative from Narre Warren South will head over in August to play for the University of New Brunswick at the Fredericton campus.
Plying his craft as a six-foot-five shooting guard/small forward, Baker hopes to make his impact on and off the court at Fredericton as soon as possible.
With three Australians already in the team, Baker said it would be great to have a few other Aussies about to help him adjust to basketball life in Canada.
“It will be good to go over there with guys from my kind of background and ease into life over there,” Baker said.
“Coach (Brent Baker) got in contact with me and he seemed friendly and is really all about the way I like to play as well, so that’s a good thing.
“I really just liked that there are Australians there already and there’s a big international background and its good basketball and a good level.”
Baker hopes to get on court for the Rangers’ Victorian Youth Championship team after recovering from shin splints and bone brusing in his knee.
He also trains with the Andrew Bogut Academy five times a week, slogging it out from 6.30am five days a week to help improve his game.