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SCOTT CITY, Kansas — Scott City came to a standstill Thursday to celebrate Shocker star Ron Baker.
“Ron Baker we love you too!”
That message went loud and clear this morning from Scott City all the way to Los Angeles and the West Regionals.
“You think of big-time college basketball recruits from the big towns, Kansas City, Chicago, Detroit, and he’s coming from a 3A town in western Kansas where nobody really knows about him, so it’s a big thing that he’s having success in the college league,” said Trey O’Neil, Ron’s friend.
“I hereby issue this proclamation wishing him the best of luck and declaring March 28, 2013 as Ron Baker Day,” said Mayor Dan Goodman, Scott City.
Scott City has been turned upside down by Baker’s clutch shooting for the Shockers and his hometown lives in the national spotlight.
Residents say this is the least they could do to pay him back.
“Some of the girls in the office came up with the idea and asked me if I would be okay with issuing a proclamation, and I said yeah and it kind of went from there,” said Goodman.
Baker went from scoring the winning basket in the 2011 3A championship game for Scott City to red shirting last year for the Shockers.
An injury also sidelined him for much of this season.
But since he has been back, he has played a key role in Wichita State’s Sweet 16 run.
“Ron has taken his opportunity, and he’s worked hard to make sure he could do the things he’s doing right now. He’s accomplished a lot, and he’s got a lot ahead of him so we’re wishing him the best,” said Glenn O’Neil, Scott City High School Basketball Coach.