DBU Basketball Signs Two More to NLI

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Head Basketball Coach Blake Flickner announced the signing of two more student-athletes to NCAA National Letters of Intent this week. Cory Carden and Ryan Baker will join Remy Ndiaye and Charles Allen, along with fall signees Jason Gentry and Myles Johnson, for the 2012-2013 basketball season.

Carden, a 5’9 point guard, will join DBU from Jacksonville College in Jacksonville, Texas. Carden played for Head Coach Jody Bailey and helped Jacksonville to a the NJCAA Regional Semifinals in 2012. He finished the year with a 3:1 assist to turnover ratio and scored five points a night. “In my life, I have always wanted to coach players who have a common goal of working daily to improve,” said Bailey. “Cory Carden exceeded my expectations here at Jacksonville College and I believe he will do the same at Dallas Baptist.” Flickner added, “Cory is a true point guard and one of those guys who can really run a team. He understands the game, doesn’t turn the ball over and can really shoot the ball with range. I am excited about his skill but also all the intangibles he brings to our program.”

Baker is a 6’5 wing/forward from Houston, Texas. Baker is a NCAA Division I transfer from Hartford University where he played 23 games as a junior and shot 50 percent from the field and 46% from three-point range. WIth one season of eligibility remaining, Coach Flickner is excited about the the resume Baker brings, including three straight high school championships at Cypress Community Christian High School, an All-District  season while a senior at Cy Fair High School, and a 17 points per game average in a prep year at Genesis One Academy. “It’s great to pick up a guy with the maturity of Ryan,” said Flickner. “He will be a graduate student next year and will help provide our team with leadership. He is capable of playing multiple positions and can really knock down shots. He is a hard worker with a lot of personality who will really excel here.”