Ian Baker Named Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State senior guard Ian Baker earned Associated Press All-American Honorable Mentions on Tuesday. Baker joins seven other Aggies that earned All-American status and is just the fourth NM State basketball player to be named an AP All-American.

Baker further cemented his place in New Mexico State basketball lore after becoming the third Aggie to earn AP All-American Honorable Mention status in the last four years and fourth overall, joining James Moore (2003), Daniel Mullings (2014) and Pascal Siakam (2015).

The Washington, D.C., product was also named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year earlier this month in addition to his National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 6 First Team award. He also recorded his 1,000th point early on in the season at UTEP when he sank a pair of free throws in the second half.

At the end of his senior campaign, Baker led team with 16.7 points per game while pulling down 4.2 rebounds per game – good for third on the team – while dishing out a team-best 4.2 assists per game. The Aggie floor general also led the team in scoring in 19 of the 33 games he started – including a career-high 11 rebound game at Seattle U.

Baker also tallied a pair of double-doubles in his final run with the Aggies. The first instance came at UMKC, where he dished out 10 assists to go with his 12 points in NM State’s WAC-opening win. Then at Seattle U, he dropped 19 points while grabbing 11 boards for his third-career double-double.

Before starting conference play, Baker tied his career-high in 3-point field goals made against UTEP at home – draining six from downtown. The outgoing senior picked up a new career-high in scoring at UT Rio Grande Valley, dropping 36 points on 11-of-18 shooting with seven assists and four rebounds.

In addition, Baker played a critical role in NM State’s 20-game win-streak during the year. He also had a hand in the team’s 23-straight wins on Lou Henson Court as well as its 39-game home win-streak in conference play.

The 6-0 guard finished his illustrious career in Las Cruces with his name littered all over the NM State record books. Baker’s 200 shots from beyond the arc sit him in fourth all-time while his 325 free throws placed him eighth in the record books. His .799 shooting clip from the line also ranks him sixth. His 378 assists at NM State are good for fourth all-time and were just two shy of passing Keith Hill (379, 1987-90) for third all-time. His 138 swipes over four years ranked him sixth in the Aggie record books (since 1981).