Transfer Pepperdine guard has Iowa on short list

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

According to, Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery has expressed interest in a transfer from California.

Sophomore guard Jordan Baker decided to leave the Waves and look for a fresh start. Baker is hoping to hook onto a program with more of a winning reputation where he can complete his final two years of eligibility.

“Ultimately the reason I left Pepperdine was because they weren’t winning games. I want to win,” Baker told the website.” They have great people and great coaches, but I couldn’t deal with the losing. I just didn’t feel like it was going to get any better, so I had to make a personal decision. “

Baker averaged 10.2 points and earned honorable mention honors in the WCC. The Hawkeyes could use a tall guard who can shoot and score next year when Devyn Marble graduates.

“I got my release papers and Iowa showed interest right away, but Pepperdine put restrictions on the schools I could talk to so they couldn’t talk to them,” Baker said. “I appealed the restrictions for a few of the schools and Iowa was one of them and they released me, so I could start talking to them.”

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Topics: Basketball, Iowa Hawkeyes, Jordan Baker, Pepperdine, Transfer

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