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Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2012 11:52 pm | Updated: 1:52 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Nanooks added some size to the men’s basketball team’s backcourt when coach Mick Durham announced last week Ronnie Baker will be joining the squad for the 2012-13 season.

Baker, a 6-foot-3 guard who attended Diablo Valley College in California the past two seasons, will enter school as a junior.

Baker averaged 13.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last season, to go along with 2.3 assists and 2.2 steals per contest.

“Ronnie brings us experience on the perimeter,” Durham said in a press release. “He can score the ball and also brings toughness on the defensive end as well.”

A two-year starter for Diablo Valley, Baker an All-Big 8 Conference first team selection last year, after earning honorable mention honors as a freshman.

In two seasons, he helped his squad to a 50-11 record and a pair of California Community College Athletic Association State Championships appearances.

“Ronnie comes from a very well-respected Northern California junior college that just wins and does things the right way,” Durham said. “I’m really looking forward to him bringing those qualities to our program.”

Diablo Valley coach Steve Coccimiglio said Baker will be a good fit for the Nanooks.

“From day one, Ronnie was committed both in the classroom and in the gym 100 percent,” Coccimiglio said. “Coach Durham is getting a leader. He’s a versatile player, he’s a winner and he does the little things within a team and he proved that in high school and here as we ended up with 50 wins over two years.”

Baker joins incoming freshman guard Cody Pierson of Twin Bridges, Mont., on Durham’s list of recruits for the 2012-13 season.

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