Louisiana prep forward Adrio Bailey (6-8, 205) will be in Fayetteville this weekend for his official visit to Arkansas.
Campti, La., Lakeview forward Adrio Bailey is so anxious to see Arkansas that he is coming in a week earlier than expected.
Bailey (6-8, 205) will arrive Friday to check out what the Razorbacks have to offer and he says that Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson and assistants T.J. Cleveland and Matt Zimmerman have him fired up about it.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” Bailey said. “I want to come to see Arkansas because I know they have great fans and I really like Coach Anderson, Coach Cleveland and Coach Zimmerman.
“They have all let me know that they are looking for a high-energy guy like me and believe I can be the type of player that Michael Qualls was for them.
“Coach Zimmerman told me that you are either a energy taker or an energy giver and he thinks I am an energy giver like Qualls.”
Bailey has some 20 offers from Wichita State, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Houston, Old Dominion, Oral Roberts University, Louisiana Tech, Stephen F. Austin and others.
Bailey is coming off a junior season in which he led his team to a 34-4 record while averaging 15 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assist, 3 steals and 2.3 blocks.
“I think I played pretty well last season, but I worked hard on improving my ball handling and my outside shooting,” Bailey said. “I have played in the post a lot and have been working on my outside game as well.”
Bailey is working hard for his late mother Claretta, who died due to lung complications on Feb. 25, 2014.
“It was the most difficult thing by far I?had ever gone through,” Bailey told Chris Salem of Inside Natchitoches. “One thing however, that gives me comfort is that while she was sick she used to always tell me how much she wanted to come to my games. Well, now I know she isn’t missing any of them.”
He notes that playing basketball was a way to deal with things.
“Basketball was kind of my way to get away from the pain,” said Bailey. “Just getting on the court and not thinking about anything except the game helped a lot.”
Bailey is ranked as the eighth-best prospect in Louisiana this season according to The Times Picayune newspaper.
“Bailey can run the floor as well as any post player in the state and will do some serious damage to a rim,” writes Andrew Lopez of The Times Picayune. “He's expanding his game out to the three-point line and if he can make that a consistent part of his game, his current offer list will grow quickly.”
Bailey is excited about seeing the Arkansas Performance Center, the Razorbacks new state-of-the-art practice facility.
“That’s big because coaches can only be with you so much because of the (NCAA) rules,” Bailey said. “To be the best player you can be, you have to put the time in on yourself when nobody else is there.
“The fact that you can go to a place anytime and get work in is really big. It can help every part of your game. That’s really, really a big thing.”
Bailey has already visited Louisiana Tech and could set up more visits if needed.
But if he sees what he needs at Arkansas, he would likely shut things down and get ready for the November 11-18 early signing period.
“If it feels like home and it is what I think it is, then yes, sure, I could go ahead and commit,” Bailey said. “I do plan to sign early.”
Bailey is one of three starters coming back for Lakeview, who opens its season Dec. 1 against Shreveport Evangel Christian.
“I think we are going to be pretty good again,” Bailey said. “We have the three of us coming back and some good young players.
“I’m looking forward to figuring out where I am going to go to college and then go about trying to have a great season.”