ASPIRE Athlete Of The Week For Jan. 31, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Osseo Orioles have another strong team, and they’ve got a guard trying to make everyone better.

Wheeler Baker has developed his game, and he’s become a big-time player that they look to in the crunch.

“For me, it’s just trying to make sure that I’m helping my guys out,” he said. “Obviously, I score the ball a lot…I guess it’s being the leader.”

It’s a coach’s dream to watch a kid love the game, learn the game, stay with the game.

Orioles coach Tim Theisen says Baker has one of the best three-point shots in the state. He’s shooting at a 48 percent clip.

“Because he can shoot so well from the outside, the opposing team’s defense has to crowd him,” Theisen said.

Baker could always score, but his ability to gel with his team took time. He started on the team three years ago, but it wasn’t until his second year on the team – when he had a starting role – that his leadership skills showed.

Baker hopes his team can make one of those famous Osseo tournament runs in March.

“We’ve had numerous goals,” Baker said. “I’m sure the biggest one for every body is to win state.”

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