Family Ties Continue as All-OCC Hilliard Darby Senior Nic Baker Signs with OCU Basketball

HILLIARD, OH - Nic Baker will be the 4th member of the Baker family to play men's basketball at Ohio Christian University.  Baker signed his letter of intent on Wednesday before a capacity crowd at Hilliard Darby High School alongside family, friends, and coaches.

Under the direction of Head Coach Mark Hess, Baker helped lead the Panthers to a 15-9 season.  Baker played a key role in their successful season.  "Nic always brought a sense of stability to the locker room and to the court," commented Coach Hess.  "He is a quality person of character and he will be successful at OCU."

Baker had a strong year statistically as the 6'4" senior posted career highs of 11 points and 4 rebounds per game.  He also became a threat on the perimeter as he knocked down 51 three point field goals on the season.  Baker, known as a team-first player, did show his ability to dominate at times this past season as he went for a season high 19 points against Westerville Central in a 64-49 win back in January.

The OCC took notice as Nic was named a 2nd Team All-OCC Selection in February.  He followed that up by receiving All-District honors in Central Ohio in March.

"Nic is an unselfish player that understands what it takes for his team to be successful," said OCU Head Coach Tony Stockman.  "He understands what OCU is all about and he brings the kind of character that we are looking for in a player.  We think that he will become a highly skilled and versatile player for us over the next four years."

Baker comes to OCU following in the footsteps of his older brothers Mike, Tim, and Jon who all played basketball and graduated from OCU.  Baker joins an Ohio Christian program that if coming off of their first NCCAA National Championship in March.