Good moves for Ron Baker

Wichita State guard Ron Baker participated in all practice drills on Tuesday for the first time since spraining his left ankle in practice three weeks ago.

That puts him back on the court for scrimmages. He notices a sharpness missing from his game when he isn’t allowed to play in practices.

“The last couple weeks, I’ve been out of rhythm,” he said. “I was a little slow at times. If you don’t practice live for three or four days and then play a high speed game, especially against Davidson, it’s kind of hard on your body and it’s hard to jump right back in.”

Baker isn’t 100 percent healthy, although Tuesday’s practice represents a positive milestone.

“It’s still pretty sore, but I think it’s to a point where I can manage it,” he said. “As long as I don’t re-sprain it, I think we’ll be pretty good. The bone bruise isn’t going to go away, but it’s pain I can tolerate.”

The Shockers play at Southern Illinois on Thursday.