Derry’s Geo Baker is turning into the face of the Rutgers basketball program.

He had a rare off game vs. St. John’s with 7 points (1-7 shooting), 5 rebounds and 5 assists. But the off games have been few and far between.

A few years ago, Baker was a Division 2/low Division 1 prospect but he keeps getting better and better. The former Pinkerton and Proctor star averaged 10.8 points and won the prestigious Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Rookie of the Year last year.

The 6-4, 185-pounder finished the season on a high note with brilliant play in the Big 10 tourney, combining for 40 points against Indiana and Purdue. This year, he’s seemingly taken all facets of his game to a new level: 14.6 points, 4.6 assists and 3.2 rebounds.

Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press called him “the face of the program.”

Carino quoted Scarlet Knights coach Steve Pikiell, who gave Baker a tremendous compliment: “I think he going to be one of our all-time greats here at Rutgers.”

Not bad for someone who was ranked just No. 414 in his class nationally a few years ago.

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