Ron Baker, Fred Van Vleet to return to Wichita State

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Wichita State announced on Monday that Ron Baker will be returning to school for his senior season.

“I spent a lot of time talking it over with Coach, my teammates and my family,” Baker said. “The reality is, I felt like any decision I made was going to be a good one. I think I’ll eventually be successful at the next level, but with what we have coming in and the people we have returning, including Fred VanVleet, next season has the potential to be very special.”

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“It’s been an amazing ride here at WSU, and my family and I aren’t quite ready for it to end.”

There was some speculation that Baker would be heading to the NBA while head coach Gregg Marshall was in the process of deciding where he would be coaching next season. Baker will be a redshirt senior in 2015-2016, meaning that it’s unlikely his draft stock will change between now and the 2016 NBA Draft. He’ll probably end up being a second round pick. Professionally speaking, there wasn’t much to gain returning to Wichita State, particularly if he finished his degree in his four years on campus.

But with VanVleet back — which wasn’t official until this announcement — and Marshall still their head coach, the Shockers will once again have a chance to do something special next year. They will likely enter the season as a preseason top ten team.