Now Bayless is in his sights.
So far so good for the Wildcats.
"Coach Olson, he's a great guy," Bayless said. "I've been talking to him on the phone a lot lately. I'm trying to develop a relationship with him."
The Cats are doing a stellar job pursuing Bayless, but they are not alone in making a good impression on the 6-3 combo guard.
Bayless has made unofficials to all three of his favorites and all three have shown him things he loves about each program.
I like their coaching staff, coach (Rick) Barnes and coach (Rodney)Terry," Bayless explained. "I got to know Daniel Gibson really well. I took an unofficial out there and really liked their campus."
He's seen North Carolina as well. He took a trip to Chapel Hill while competing in the Tournament of Champions last year.
"Carolina speaks for themselves," he added. "The campus and the tradition out there. It's a great campus. I really like everything about them."
The Wildcats have their own set of advantages.
"Their guards, what they do with their guards," Bayless noted as a positive in favor of the Wildcats. "They get them to the league."
"I've known them since before they were coaches," Bayless said. "I think it is great. I love them both, they are both great people."
Bayless has been to Tucson numerous times. He has made unofficials during the season and has played at the Arizona team camp on a few occasions. He was also at the Elite Camp and had a blast at the new event.
"It was a lot of fun coming in and playing with all the pros," Bayless said. "I tried to come out and have some fun."
One of those pros was Bibby. Apparently he and members of his Team Dime posse tried to persuade Bayless into following the Sacrament Kings' standout in moving two hours to the south for his college career.
They aren't the only ones putting the heat on Bayless to stay close to Phoenix. Being an in-state product, it should come as no surprise that there are a lot of people who would like to see Bayless play close to home.
"There's pressure from different people around, but it will come down to me," he explained.
Another draw of the Elite Camp was the chance to continue the personal rivalry with Brandon Jennings. Jennings, a top 2008 prospect, and Bayless went at it the week before at the NBPA Camp. Jennings got the best of Bayless at that camp, but things were even in Tucson. Despite the rivalry, the two get along.
"I knew my friend Brandon Jennings was going to be there so I had to come out and have fun playing with him," Bayless said. "We go at it when we play but off the court we're real good friends."
Naturally the thought of those two playing side by side has crossed the minds of Wildcat fans. With Bayless being a terrific scorer, it is not hard to imagine him playing next to the pass-first Bayless.
While not mentioning Arizona specifically, Bayless did note the two have had conversations about playing together in college.
"I know I can play with Brandon," said Bayless. "We can both switch out at the point. He's a great point guard. He can get everyone involved. I can go in and play a little two guard, I don't know if he can do all of that. I can play both though." As of now you should not expect a quick decision. Although he has visited each school, he is not in a rush to decide things.
"I'm probably going to wait another year or so," he stated.
Despite saying that a decision is not forthcoming, the Wildcats are still pursuing Bayless with full vigor.
"They are working me pretty hard right now," Bayless said of the Wildcats. "Them and Texas."
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