9.4 MPG 2.2 PPG 2.8 RPG .3 APG .1 SPG .5 BPG 46.4 % FG 0 % 3FG
The local product appeared in 32 games in his freshman season for the Minutemen. Alongside transfer Brison Gresham (Houston), Baldwin was given a fantastic opportunity to gain experience in his first college season. This came as a result of the Minutemen’s youth and lack of depth at the forward spot last year and will serve valuable to Baldwin as he prepares for a more prominent role in 2017-2018. Last season, Baldwin proved himself to be a reliable rebounder and will hope to add to his success on the glass this season. He reached a season high tally with 10 in a loss to George Washington and grabbed 9 boards in a first round win in the Atlantic 10 Tournament against St Joe’s. Baldwin’s season high in points came against St. Bonaventure when he shot 4-5 from the field while scoring 9 points and adding 9 rebounds in only 12 minutes.
Freshman Highlights (2016-2017):
Umass returns the bulk of their frontcourt in 2017-2018. When the Minuteman elect to go big, look for Baldwin to compete or split minutes with Malik Hines and new recruit Khalea Turner Morris. Expect Baldwin to be more comfortable in his second collegiate season and for his minutes to increase moderately. With extended minutes comes more opportunities and we should see his scoring average improve a bit and a steady jump in rebounding totals.
Role/Attributes: Backup PF, Key role player, Rebounds and Second Chance Points
Quote: Head Coach Matt McCall on Baldwin’s versatility
“Chris Baldwin is a tough physical kid down there. Yes he’s going to play on the perimeter, pick and pop and do some of those things, but he’s a physical frontcourt player,” McCall said. “We’re not going to take that away from him.”
Quote from Daily Hampshire Gazette article http://www.gazettenet.com/Opportunities-abound-for-UMass-F-Chris-Baldwin-11082669 by Matt Vautour