The Mount Allison Men’s Basketball team has landed yet another from New Brunswick’s elite high school basketball players. Head Coach Steve Chapman is pleased to announce that Rothesay High’s Matthew Baker has committed to attend Mount Allison this coming Fall. The Mounties, who finished second place in the ACAA for the second consecutive year in a row and went to their first ever CCAA National Championships one year ago, have continued to attract some of New Brunswick’s best high school players the past two years. This past season Moncton’s 6’5 James French, Riverview’s 6’2 Aram Currie and 6”0 guard Brett Curtis from Harvey Station all had good rookie debuts in the parity filled ACAA conference and they, along with Baker's decision to attend Mount Allison, pose a bright future for the garnet and gold utilizing NB talent.
Baker, who will be entering a Bachelor of Commerce program, is well known throughout the province having been involved with NB U-15 and U-17 provincial teams the past four years. Specifically, Baker was a member of the NB’s U-15 team which earned a bronze medal at Canadian Nationals in Halifax in 2015. The past two summers, he was a member of the NB U-17 team and last summer, led the team in points, rebounding and minutes played. At the high school level, the versatile 6’4 Baker was named NBIAA Provincial All Star in both his Grade 11 and 12 year and this past year he averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds per game which earned him NBIAA AA Player of the Year honors. In his final high school game this past Febuary, Baker scored 38 points, had 17 rebounds and 6 assists while playing 55 minutes in a thrilling 89-86 Triple overtime win leading Rothesay High to its first ever NBIAA Provincial Championship banner.
According to Chapman, “we once again could not be anymore pleased by adding another NB talent to our existing roster. We aim to keep local players at home where they can continue to play basketball at a high level beyond their high school years. Matt has proven he is a winner, loves to compete and adds great athleticism and an excellent skill set and basketball IQ to be successful in our conference. At 6’4, Matt has the ability to play more than one position for us. He will fit very nicely with our large returning group as well as other key recruits we have coming next year. We are very pleased he has chosen Mount Allison.”