NEW YORK (KWCH) The New York Knicks have released former Wichita State Shocker Ron Baker.
The Wichita State Shockers hosted The Evansville Purple Aces at Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kan. on February 24, 2015. The Shockers defeated the Purple Aces 62 - 43.
The Knicks say Baker appeared in 92 games, had 14 starts over three seasons with the team and averaged 14.7 minutes, 3.3 points, 1.8 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game.
The Scott City native originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent on Aug. 1, 2016, before re-signing on Aug. 7, 2017.
"Ron is a true professional and we thank him for all of his contributions during his time with the Knicks," said Steve Mills, President, New York Knicks. "His dedication and passion for the game are unquestioned and have been truly appreciated by our fans and organization. We wish him all the best."
Baker responded to the announcement with his own tweet, "NYK was truly great to me. My family, friends and I can’t thank you enough! 8-year-old RDB at the Utica KS park appreciated it!"
Scott City residents say it makes them sad.
"It's been so much fun to watch him play and to go to where he's gone that I'm very disappointed but I sure hope somebody else picks him up, he's a great player," said resident Cheryl Hughes.
This move could actually turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Baker. He will now become an unrestricted free agent if he clears waivers in 48 hours meaning he's free to sign with any team.