Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
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Brendan Bailey, a 6-foot-8 small forward Bailey out of American Fork (UT), committed to Marquette on Tuesday.
For now the plan is for Bailey to take a two-year Mormon Mission before entering college, so he wouldn’t arrive until 2018.
“It’s time to announce that I will be attending Marquette University to extend my career in Basketball,” he Tweeted.
“A couple of reasons are that I developed a great relationship with all the coaches especially Coach Wojo [Steve Wojciechowski] and assistant coach [Stan] Johnson,” Bailey said by text. “Also, Marquette’s style of play really interests me because it fits my personal style and I know their staff will push me to be the best player I can be.”
The No. 12 small forward in the Class of 2016 according to 247Sports.com, he also considered Michigan, Gonzaga and San Diego State. He also visited UConn.
“He’s a player with still a young body, he just turned 18,” Thurl Bailey, the former NBA player and Brendan’s father, recently told SNY.tv. “His body’s still growing. He’s 6-8 right now but he’s still got some growing to do.
“He’s a very cerebral player, does very well in structured situations. In today’s game there’s a lot of kids that can put the ball on the floor and go one-on-one. He can do those things but he’s a lot better when he’s in a structured situation defensively and offensively he’s able to really be a high -IQ player.”
The former Arizona State commit is Marquette’s second 2016 commit following small forward Sam Hauser.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.