Bayless' press release

The first time Jerryd Bayless committed to Arizona he had a full blown press conference. The second time he and his high school coach sent out a press release to the media. Here is that press release.

Jerryd Bayless, senior guard from St. Mary's High School, has re-committed to the University of Arizona. Bayless, a 6'4" combo guard, thanked the staff at the University of Arizona for their encouragement through his time of deliberation, "the coaching staff at the University of Arizona has been tremendous in supporting me through a very intense time in my young life. I am extremely thankful to them for their patience and professionalism. I understand that my decision to decommit was a bit unusual, but through my summer experience and the knowledge that I have gained both in basketball and about myself, I feel extremely comfortable that Tucson is the place for me."

Bayless' summer experience included playing for the gold medalist, Team USA 18U National Team under the direction of Washington's Lorenzo Romar and Georgia Tech's Paul Hewitt. Bayless, said the experience of playing with Team USA gave him a glimpse of what playing at the college level would be like, "I loved my experience with Team USA and Coaches Romar and Hewitt. I am proud to be a part of Team USA Basketball and am hopeful through continued hard work and dedication that will continue. But again, experience here is the key and going away from home for a bit was a little difficult and I think that I have come to the realization that I want to be as close to home as possible. As I said before, Arizona is a quality program, I love Coach Olson and his staff, the current players and players they have signed are fantastic, the fans are fabulous and it is well respected academically. It is the best scenario for me and I'm excited to be headed down I-10 to play for one of the best programs in the country."

Bayless, who was The Arizona Republic's Big School Player of the Year last season after averaging 37.8 points a game, is rated the seventh best overall player in the country, "I feel comfortable with the decision I have made and now I'm moving forward. I have to take care of some unfinished business both academically and athletically before I head to Tucson. We have an exciting year planned at St. Mary's, this is my senior year and I am going to enjoy this one more than I have any other."

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