Carlos Morris SG (6-6 175) and PG Ian Baker (6-0 170) of Jacksonville, FL committed Wednesday to USC becoming the first two commitments of the 2012 class. The Arlington Country Day School teammates each admitted that they had not intended to play at the same school but circumstances led them to Columbia.
"It kind of just happened," Baker said. "We didn't really plan it. Coach (Michael) Boynton and coach (Darrin) Horn recruited me hard. They told me I was a high priority and I decided, 'Why wait?' It felt right so I committed."
Morris had a similar story saying, "Coach Horn and coach Boynton have been on me from day one. They told me I was a top priority and when I visited, it was so nice. Everything is really cool there and I felt at home."
Baker was down to USC, Providence and Marshall but eliminated the Friars when they picked up another commitment. He decided that it was time to commit. "I want to play against good competition and the SEC is a good conference," he said. "South Carolina likes to let their guards play and I'll get a chance to play in my first year there."
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Morris will take an official visit to USC on September 9th and Baker says he is visiting in September as well. "I don't know when they scheduled for him (Baker) to go," Morris said, "But I'm sure we'll go together." It will be Baker's first trip to Columbia.
Morris' offers include USC, Arkansas, Cincinatti and West Virginia and he was hearing from Florida, Missouri, Georgia, Providence and Seton Hall.
Morris on Baker: "He can play the one or two. He is quick on the ball and attacks the hoop. He'll kill you on the pick-and-roll. At the two, he can fill it up."
Baker on Morris: "He can score the ball as well as anybody. He's a big time player. Just because he can score, don't let him fool you. He is a lock-down defender on the other side of the floor."