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Cats lose Baker to broken wrist
HIGHLIGHTS: Jemarl Baker averaged 12 points per game for the 2020-21 Arizona Wildcats

TUCSON (KVOA) -- The Arizona Wildcats season of promise took another hit on Monday when the team found out it would be without shooting guard Jemarl Baker for the remainder of the season. 

Head coach Sean Miller said on his weekly coach’s show on Wildcats Radio 1290 that Baker has a broken wrist and will not play again in this 2020-21 season. 

The redshirt junior had led the Cats in scoring for much of the campaign. He made seven three-point shots and scored 33 points in Arizona's December win over Northern Arizona.

He followed that with a 29-point performance in the Cats Pac-12 opening loss to Stanford. Baker knocked down eight treys in that game

He struggled the last three games for Arizona after injuring his ankle in the first half of the Wildcats overtime win at Washington State. 

Baker scored just 13 points and missed all 15 three-point shots he took.

Miller said after UA’s weekend loss to UCLA that Baker suffered the wrist injury in the first half of the Bruins game. 

It appeared to happen just two minutes into the game when the guard dove on the floor trying to corral a loose ball. Baker immediately got up flexing his right hand.

Jemarl Baker was averaging 12 points per game this season for UA

He remained in the game for most of the first 20 minutes but played just seven minutes in the second half of the 81-76 loss. 

Baker finishes his second season at UA averaging 12 points per game. He currently leads the Wildcats in three-point shots made (24). 

The Menifee, California-native transferred to Arizona in 2019 after playing one season at Kentucky. He appeared in all 32 UA games in 2019-20 averaging seven points and two assists.

Arizona’s next game is scheduled for Thursday night at Oregon State but the Beavers’ program was still on pause as of Monday due to COVID-19. 

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David Kelly

David Kelly is the weekend sports anchor at KVOA in Tucson. He is a 28-year veteran of the sports broadcast business.

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