Edmonton, AB – The Edmonton Stingers of the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) announced Wednesday that they have re-signed power forward Jordan Baker for the 2021 season. Following his performance in the CEBL Summer Series Baker was named CEBL Canadian of the Year in a vote cast by coaches, general managers, and media covering the CEBL Summer Series.
“It is always special when a professional team has hometown talent. It is extra special when that hometown player is the most valuable Canadian in the league,” said Stingers President Brett Fraser. “Jordan Baker is the definition of the Edmonton Stingers.”
Baker joined the Edmonton Stingers in the inaugural season when he was selected 23rd overall in the 2019 CEBL entry draft. In his first season with the Stingers, the Edmonton native averaged 13.9 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.5 steals over 17 games. In 2019, Baker was the league’s leading rebounder, named to the All-CEBL Second team, and a finalist for the 2019 CEBL Player of the Year.
During the CEBL Summer Series Baker averaged 12.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 3.8 assists, and 28.3 minutes while guiding the Stingers to the 2020 CEBL championship. The former University of Alberta Golden Bear led the league in rebounds per game for the second year in a row, ranked first in 2-point field goal percentage (61.1), fifth in field goal percentage (56.7) and fifth in assists (3.8). Baker also hit back-to-back game-winning shots in Elam Ending time against the Niagara River Lions and the Saskatchewan Rattlers. As a result of Baker’s performance, he was named to the All-CEBL First team, a finalist for the 2020 CEBL Player of the Year, and CEBL Canadian of the Year.
“Baker is a winner and a leader in every sense of the word,” said Head Coach and General Manager Jermaine Small. “On the court I know what I will get from him every night, what is truly remarkable about him is the standard that he holds himself and his teammates to. Baker’s return puts us in a great position to repeat.”
The former University of Alberta standout has played professionally in Germany, Portugal, and Japan. During that time, he has played with the Canadian National Team and continues to compete internationally for Team Edmonton in FIBA 3X3. Baker also had an illustrious career with the University of Alberta Golden Bears. He was named to the CIS All-Rookie Team in 2010 and CIS First Team All-Canadian in both 2012 and 2014. By the time his career with the University of Alberta was over Baker was the all-time leader in career points, rebounds, assists, steals, and minutes played.
While Baker’s performance on the court is impressive, he is also making his mark in the Edmonton community. Baker currently lives in Edmonton and serves as assistant coach with the Golden Bears basketball program. Baker also organizes and coordinates a number of youth basketball initiatives in the city including the All-Star Showcase, an all-star game for the top high school players in the Edmonton area.
The CEBL is preparing for its third season in 2021, following the success of the 2020 CEBL Summer Series in St. Catharines, Ont., which saw a record 1.2 million viewers across Canada tune in to four days of live programming on CBC.