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Arkansas Lands Pledge Of Louisiana Forward Adrio Bailey

Arkansas' basketball program added its third commit of the 2016 class as Campti, La., Lakeview three-star forward Adrio Bailey (6-8, 205) confirms that he has pledged to the Razorbacks.

Arkansas head basketball coach Mike Anderson added a third pledge to its 2016 recruiting class on Sunday as Campti, La., Lakeview three-star forward Adrio Bailey (6-8, 205) confirmed via text that he has committed to Arkansas after his official visit this weekend.

"Yes, sir, I committed," Bailey said. "It felt like a family-oriented place and I am big on family. On my visit, Coach Anderson let me know that he really wanted me to be a Razorback."

Bailey, who had some 20 offers,  chose Arkansas over Oklahoma State, Wichita State, Stephen F. Austin, Charlotte, Oral Roberts University and Louisiana Tech among others.

He averaged 15 points, 10 assists, 4 assists, 3 steals and 1.3 blocks last season for a team that ended up 34-4 and made its second staright appearance in the state championship game.

"He (Anderson) said I fit in their style of play quite well and that I would be playing more wing (than inside)," Bailey said. "Playing basketball is my strength."

Bailey joins Motlow, Tenn., State point guard Jaylen Barford (6-4, 205) and Holmes, Miss., Community College shooting guard Daryl Macon (6-3, 180) - the nation's top two junior college players - as Razorback commits.

All three plan to sign during the Nov. 11-18 early signing period.

Bailey said the fact that Bobby Portis (Chicago Bulls) and Michael Qualls (Oklahoma City Thurnder) - two of last season's Arkansas stars - are now in the NBA along with fellow former Razorback Coty Clarke (Boston Celtics) factored into his decison as well as he wants to be in the NBA one day as well.

"Most definitely," Bailey said. "Every day after practice I would take a nap and dream about playing college basketball and now that dream came true.

"It's a complete blessing. Now I have to work a little harder to accomplish another goal of mine (NBA)."

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