SCOTT CITY, Kansas – Wichita State shooter Ron Baker has gotten plenty of attention for his skills on the court, but back home in Scott City, his parents and high school coach say he has done more than put points on a scoreboard.
“In the past, Scott City has been mainly a K-State backing community,” said Neil Baker, Ron’s dad.
“With the success of the Shockers, there’s a lot of black and gold running around Scott City and a lot of number 31 jerseys and t-shirts,” said Glen O’Neil, Scott City Basketball Coach.
His parents knew he would do well, but they couldn’t be more proud of the impact their son has had on the community.
“The comment I’ve gotten from a lot of people is it’s so much more exciting to watch basketball when you have someone from your hometown,” said Ranae Baker, Ron’s mom.
Some die-hard supporters make the trip to Wichita to see Baker play.
His parents try to travel to every game possible.
Baker was a star basketball player at Scott Community High School, and even though he plays for the Shockers now, he’s never stopped representing Scott City.
“He has been very well grounded, and he’s just your normal person, and that’s probably why he’s such a fan favorite because he’s just a normal person who has succeeded with a lot of hard work,” said O’Neil.
Hardwork and a shining attitude his dad says he is only heard on complaint.
“The only thing that some of the community members don’t like is that he doesn’t get to come back and see them very often.”
They are hoping he will be too busy to visit until after the national championship.