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Ian Baker withdraws from NBA draft and will return to NMSU

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Ian Baker of the New Mexico State men’s basketball announced on Monday afternoon that he will return to the team and play out his senior year in Las Cruces.

“Getting to work out and receive feedback from the NBA was an incredible experience,” Baker said. “It is going to make me a better player, and serve me well down the road. But, my heart is with this team and I am really excited about this year. I am ready to give it all I have so that we can accomplish amazing things. We have everything in place to have a special season.”

Baker, a Washington, D.C., native declared for the NBA Draft back on April 18, but did not hire an agent – allowing him to test the waters and return to the Aggies should he decide to.

The 6-0 guard was a First-Team All-WAC selection this past season after averaging 13.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.1 steals. Baker was also named to the WAC All-Defensive Team and All-WAC Tournament Team.

“Ian is one of the most unheralded top players we have had since I arrived here,” said head men’s basketball coach, Paul Weir. “He has sacrificed many personal goals for the greater good of the team. I believe our schematic changes offensively are going to allow him to thrive and for him to go down as an all-time Aggie great. That is an exceptionally high standard, but one I think Ian can meet with extraordinary work ethic and passion.”

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