What’s the deal with all these college basketball players making headlines with celebrities?
Well, okay that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but the story behind Michigan freshman Spike Albrecht and his tweet to Kate Upton certainly brought about some attention. Albrecht, who scored 17 points in the first half of the Wolverines’ National Championship loss to Louisville, tweeted at Upton after the game. Needless to say, it attracted some attention.
Now we have Wichita State freshman Ron Baker posting a picture to Instagram of him and Kirstie Alley having dinner.
Take a look at the photo here.
Alley — an actress — is well known for her role in Cheers. Don’t worry it appears that she’s nothing but a fan of the Shockers in all. In fact, according to the school’s athletic website, Allie — who is a native of Wichita, Kansas — made an appearance at a game this past season and even visited the locker room for a post game speech.
So there’s the connection, but hey good for Baker. He’s a regular celebrity himself after averaging 11 points per game during the Shockers’ magical run to the Final Four just last week. At 6-foot-3, there shouldn’t be any doubt to Baker’s potential down the line. A sharpshooter from the outside, Baker will be a well-known name within the Missouri Valley Conference for the next few years.
So who’s the next college basketball star to gain some fame? I’ll cast my vote for Louisville’s Tim Henderson. The former walk-on deserves some attention after those crucial threes in the Final Four.
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