New York Knicks, NBA
- 4x NBA All-Star (1995-1998)
- Olympic Gold Medalist (2000)
- FIBA Gold Medalist (1999)
- Called “America’s Best Kept Secret” by Sports Illustrated as a senior at the University of Hartford
- Founded The Stand Tall Foundation for the betterment of children’s futures
Vin Baker is a four-time NBA All-Star and 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist. The 6-foot-11 power forward attended the University of Hartford where he averaged 28.3 points per game, 4th in the country, and finished with 2,238 points, a school record that still stands. During his final year, Baker was called by Sports Illustrated, "America's Best-Kept Secret." In 1993, Baker was the 8th draft pick and signed with the Milwaukee Bucks. During his NBA career he also played for the Seattle SuperSonics, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers, and Minnesota Timberwolves. During his career Vin averaged 15 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.
During his NBA career Vin started The Stand Tall Foundation, a charitable organization that helped give kids a better future by financially assisting with different charitable and volunteer organizations. Stand Tall sponsored such activities as Vin's Youth All-Star Awards Program; created to reward youth involved in constructive activities and to demonstrate that religion and sports can be a winning combination and Stand Tall Achievement Awards; identifying and rewarding students who have excelled in academics and shown outstanding civic achievement.
Since retiring from the NBA, Vin has shared his knowledge of the game and experience by coaching Men’s Basketball at Texas Southern University and Old Saybrook High School. In addition, the proud father and family man is working with young people to promote their personal development, health, wellness, and education.