This weekend while scouting the Southwest Showcase Summer Championships at the Avondale Sports Complex, I was able to observe the play of Pinnacle High School's talented 6-foot-8 freshman post Tosh Baker, while playing for his club program the Arizona Rebels.
Very rarely do I get to see a post player so young and with so much physical size, skillset and agility. Baker is one frosh prospect in Arizona's talented 2020 Class that has an excellent future ahead of him. With continued hard work and development, this young man has the potential to develop into a high-major division-I prospect.
This past season for head coach Charlie Wilde, Baker saw limited playing time as a freshman, but I expect that will all change in the near future as Baker develops as a player and continues to show excellent promise as a college prospect.
Post players often take a longer time to develop, but Baker seems to have figured it out very early in the process for himself. He has excellent footwork for his size and nice mobility as a post player. Baker also shoots the basketball well from the perimeter with a soft touch - keeping defenses honest and showing that he can score inside and out. His ability to shoot the basketball over time will benefit him nicely against national competition.
Baker also runs the floor very well and is a good finisher in the transition. He has excellent size already on his frame, and as he matures physically he will need to thin out and fill in his frame with more muscle and continue to get quicker to maximize his potential. He is a very good rebounder and keeps balls in play on the offensive end of the floor, a good offensive rebounder. He should be a consistent double-double guy throughout his career with hard work.
Arizona's 2020 Class of prospects is already loaded with talent, and Baker makes the class that much better as a result of his sheer size. He could grow to be 6-10 or 6-11, which would make him very attractive as a college prospect.
Whichever sport Baker decides to play over time, watch out for this young man because he has serious division-I potential in whichever sport he selects. I will keeping a close eye on Baker throughout his high school career, and look forward to watching his development as a player.