May 7, 2013
AUBURN - Auburn women's basketball Director of Basketball Services Sherill Baker received a big homecoming last week as she was inducted into the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame. She was recognized in a ceremony last weekend in Lawrenceville, Ga.
Baker, a native of Stone Mountain, Ga., played high school basketball at Greater Atlanta Christian and college basketball at Georgia. She then went on to play professionally in the WNBA and overseas.
Baker led Greater Atlanta Christian to state titles in 2001 and 2002, scoring 2,276 points in her high school career, along with 822 rebounds, 602 assists and 634 steals. The 2002 grad was named Miss Georgia Basketball and her No. 22 jersey is retired by the school.
Baker was a four-year starter at Georgia and earned All-SEC and All-America honors. She averaged 12.7 points per game and her 1,665 career points put her on the Bulldogs' top 10 all-time scoring list. Baker was also a big defensive stopper, setting a school record for steals in a season (149) and a career (426). Her 149 steals set the SEC record and led the nation. It also helped her win national defensive player of the year honors.
Baker was drafted 12th overall by the New York Liberty in the 2006 WNBA draft. She played seven years of professional basketball in the WNBA and overseas. Her final season was in 2012 with Tel Aviv in the Israeli League, where she averaged 24.4 points.
At the conclusion of her professional career, Baker joined coach Terri Williams-Flournoy on her first Auburn staff.