Baker making most of opportunities in college hoops

Tre Baker first college basketball game was impressive. He nearly delivered a double-double, scoring 6 points and snagging six rebounds in Mitchell College’s 85-72 loss to UMass-Boston two years ago. He even blocked two shots.

“That was just being confident and having a love for the game,” Baker said. “I wasn’t expecting to play that much right away, but I was ready for the challenge.”

Not every game from that point on has produced an attention-grabbing performance, but Baker has stayed the course and it’s paid off.

Now a junior for the Mariners, the former Navarre hoops standout continues taking positive steps forward, emerging as a pivotal role player for a team hoping to win a New England Collegiate Conference title and play in the NCAA Division III tournament.

“It’s been crazy. I’m blessed to be playing,” Baker said. “I’m taking every opportunity I can to work hard and get better.”

Baker is playing college basketball more than 1,300 miles from home, his school located in New London, Connecticut. At first, that distance took some getting used to.

The passage of time has made a difference.

Read the full article in the Jan. 17 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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