Ian Baker chooses Friars

Former South Carolina recruit Ian Baker (Washington, D.C./Arlington Country Day) gave Providence a verbal commitment on Friday. The news was first reported by www.rivalshoops.com.

Baker originally chose the Gamecocks in August but did not sign a letter of intent in November. He also had interest from Ole Miss, Seton Hall and Memphis, Boston College and Miami (Fla.).

Baker joins a class ranked No. 8 on ESPN.com and features ESPNU 100 prospects Ricardo Ledo (Providence, R.I./South Kent School) and Kris Dunn (New London, Conn./New London H.S.) along with Josh Fortune (Hampton, Va./Kecoughtan H.S.).