Bakero, whose father Jose Mari Bakero starred for Barcelona and Real Sociedad during a 17-year professional career, scored 16 goals and added 14 assists to post the second-highest scoring season for a single player in Wake Forest history.
He becomes the second straight Wake player to earn the award. (Ian Harkes, who went on to join D.C. United on a Homegrown Player contract, took the 2016 honor).
Baker beat out Stanford defender Tomas Hilliard-Arce and Indiana defender Grant Lillard for the honor. Like Bakero, Hilliard-Arce has also signed an MLS deal ahead of the draft.