Perimeter Scorer Joins Wonder Boys

Former NCAA Division I guard Chris Baez has signed to join the men’s basketball program at Arkansas Tech University according to a news release issued on Tuesday by Santa Fe College.

Baez, a 6-foot-5 guard, will have two years of eligibility remaining. He averaged 14.1 points per game as a sophomore at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla., during the 2009-10 season.

A product of Gateway High School in Kissimmee, Fla., Baez was a Florida Class 6A All-State selection in 2005-06 after averaging 25.2 points per game as a senior.

He averaged 19 points per game as a prep player at Lee Academy (Maine) in 2006-07, but injuries knocked him out of the 2007-08 season.

Baez returned in 2008-09 to appear in 30 games at the University of Central Florida, an NCAA Division I and Conference USA member. He averaged 3.9 points per game for the Golden Knights before transferring to Santa Fe College.

In addition to averaging a team-best 14.1 points per game, Baez also led Santa Fe in 3-pointers made (62). He was named All-Mid Florida Conference in recognition of his efforts on behalf of the Saints during the 2009-10 campaign.

Now Baez joins an Arkansas Tech program that has won back-to-back Gulf South Conference championships and made consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament the last two years. Tech was 30-2 overall, GSC West Division regular season champion and ranked No. 1 in the nation for seven weeks during the 2009-10 season.

The Wonder Boys are coached by Doug Karleskint, who will be in his first season at the helm of the Arkansas Tech men’s basketball program in 2010-11.