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Former GAC star Baker hired by Auburn basketball program

Former Greater Atlanta Christian, UGA and WNBA standout Sherill Baker was hired this week by the Auburn women's basketball program.

Former Greater Atlanta Christian, UGA and WNBA standout Sherill Baker was hired this week by the Auburn women's basketball program.

Former Greater Atlanta Christian star Sherill Baker has been hired to the Auburn women's basketball staff as the director of basketball services.

Baker, who led GAC to a pair of state titles as a player before playing at Georgia, will be in charge of film exchange and video operations. She also will assist with scouting reports and other duties assigned by the head coach.

"I helped recruit Sherill when I was at Georgia and I learned then what a great person she was and I have been able to watch her grow and mature throughout her career," said Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "I am excited to have such a young up-and-comer joining our staff. She brings SEC experience, having played at Georgia, as well as her professional experience in the WNBA and overseas."

Baker spent four seasons in the WNBA after being drafted 12th overall in the 2006 WNBA Draft. She signed with the New York Liberty, where she played 34 games during the 2006 season and three in 2007, before being traded to the Los Angeles Sparks.

She also played one season in 2008 with the Indiana Fever and spent time with the Detroit Shock in 2009 before ending her WNBA career.

Baker also played professionally overseas, having most recently spent time during the 2011-12 season with Hapoel Tel-Aviv in the Israeli League. Baker averaged a team-high 24.4 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game in 20 games played.

Baker played five previous seasons with various overseas organizations in Israel, Italy, France, Germany and Cyprus during the WNBA offseason.

During her college career, Baker helped the Bulldogs to a 93-39 (.705) record, including four straight NCAA Tournament appearances. In those four tournament trips, Baker helped Georgia to two Sweet 16s and an Elite Eight appearance.

During her career at Georgia she started 122 of 131 games played and tallied 1,665 points (12.7 ppg), and she sits at No. 10 on Georgia's all-time scoring list. She also holds the single-season and career Georgia records for steals with 149 and 426, respectively.

For her work on the court, Baker was named All-American, All-SEC First Team and National Defensive Player of the Year in 2006.