By: Kevin Moses
2024 Keaton Baird, a 6’5 prospect from Spencer County High School, is an exciting young star to watch. Keaton is an extremely athletic wing that can score from all three levels. A high percentage shooter. Plays with high energy and toughness. He understands how to use his big frame on both ends, is also a physical defender and solid rim protector, and has a high offensive IQ as well as being an unselfish player always looking for the best shot even if it’s the extra pass.
Baird has nice handles to get himself free for a good shot. Last season, he averaged 9pts and 5rebs per game. In summer AAU session, Keaton elevated his game and sent his stock rising with incredible performances against some great talent. He averaged 15pts, 8rebs, 3blks, and 3stls per game. I’d say his biggest improvement was on the defensive side though in every category you see his improvement. His defensive timing was incredible as well.
Don’t challenge him at the rim because he is fierce at blocking and contesting shots. Quick hands help a lot. Great footwork on both ends. This upcoming season the goal is to get to Rupp Arena for the state championship; one last run at the biggest stage in Kentucky.
Keaton has the fire and passion to make a deep run this upcoming season. Determined to elevate his game even more along the way. Keaton has a very high ceiling and coachable go along with all that talent. The program that gets him is getting a winner.