Jordan Baker wins CEBL Canadian Player of the Year
EDMONTON — Edmonton Stingers power forward Jordan Baker was named the Canadian Elite Basketball League’s Canadian Player of the Year on Thursday as voted by CEBL coaches, general managers and media covering the CEBL Summer Series.
The six-foot-seven product of Edmonton played all eight games in the CEBL Summer Series, averaging 12.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 3.8 assists, and 28.3 minutes while helping guide the Stingers to the 2020 championship.
The former University of Alberta Golden Bear led the league in rebounds per game for the second year in a row. He also ranked first in the league in 2-point field goal percentage (61.1%), fifth in field goal percentage (.567) and fifth in assists (3.8).
Baker earned the honour over Ottawa Blackjacks guard Thomas Scrubb. This marked the second-straight year, Baker was named a finalist for this award. In 2019, Baker was a finalist, along with Niagara River Lions small forward Guillaume Boucard.
A presence on both ends of the floor, Baker played an integral role in the Stingers championship run. He ranked fourth among the Stingers in scoring (12.2) and second in blocked shots (0.75). He also hit back-to-back game-winning buckets in Elam Ending time against Niagara and the Saskatchewan River Lions in the Summer Series.
Baker is also a finalist for the 2020 CEBL Player Of The Year award along with fellow teammate and 2019 CEBL Player Of The Year, Xavier Moon. The award winner will be announced Sept. 2.
Baker will receive a custom-designed ring courtesy of CEBL’s award partner, Jostens, for earning Canadian of the Year honours.(pr)