By Dana Caldwell, Naples Daily News
Well-traveled former Florida Gulf Coast University and Bishop Verot guard Reed Baker has rebounded.
A pure-shooting 2-guard, the Naples native will land in Bangkok, Thailand, today, where he’ll play for the Cobras of the ASEAN Basketball League. The league was founded in 2009 and is comprised of eight teams from six Asian countries.
“I’m just really excited,” said Baker, who’s fourth all-time in FGCU career points (876) and 3-point makes (130) and first in made free throws (231). “It’s actually a dream come true to sign a full-season pro contract. I’m super excited and hope to make the best of a great opportunity.”
The Cobras were founded last year and are coached by Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, a former NBA player and WNBA coach and the father of Kobe Bryant. The Cobras play their home games at Chulalongkorn University.
Baker, who had been working and working out in Naples, wouldn’t give the specifics of his contract, but obviously is happy with it.
“Honestly, I’m getting paid to play basketball and it’s all tax-free and living expenses are covered and I’m definitely making good money,” Baker said.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Baker started most of his almost three full seasons at FGCU after transferring from Michigan. Baker led the Green and Blue in scoring his first season, pouring in 13.4 points per game as a redshirt sophomore (2008-09). He averaged 11.4 points as a junior before finsihing off his career with 13.4 points per game over 14 contests in 2010-11.
Following his graduation from FGCU, Baker moved to California and worked for six or seven months. From late July to early March, he played professionally for the Konya, Turkey, club.
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