Bailey flying under the radar
One of the most under-recruited prospects, given their talent level, on the West Coast is 6-foot-7, 190-pound American Fork (Utah) 2016 small forward Brendan Bailey. Scout.com recently watched Bailey at the adidas Gauntlet and provided the following evaluation of the DreamVision 16u prospect. Scout.com has been monitoring Bailey's progress over the last year and at this point it's probably time to publicly join his bandwagon. He's 6-foot-7 already, looks like a baby and has a 7-foot father, Thurl Bailey – who spent over a decade in the NBA – so he could still grow. This kid has a big weapon in his pull-up jumper and can hit stepbacks and fadeaways. He's just scratching the surface; give him a year and he could make a big jump forward. Brendan is surrounded by height in his family so you get the feeling that his final height may not be 6-foot-7. "I've grown like three inches over the summer," Bailey said. "My sister is 6-foot-4, my dad is 7-foot and my mom is 6-foot." While Bailey's specialty is no doubt his jump shot, he wants to add to his game from there. "I'm a shooter that spots up and shoots, come off the curl and shoots and I can pull up and shoot," said Bailey. "I'm mostly a shooter, so I need to work on getting to the free throw line. I need to work on shooting still but it's my strongest point, so I need to work on getting to the basket." While Bailey does have a handful of schools smartly recruiting him, it's not an extensive list. "I have offers from BYU, Tulsa and Southern Utah," said Bailey. "I'm also being recruited by Gonzaga, Utah State and Utah." Out of state schools could end up with an advantage in this recruitment. "I'm just going to try and see what school fits me the best," Bailey said. "I'd like to go somewhere I can fit into. I want to try and get out of the state of Utah." For now, this isn't a recruitment that looks to end anytime soon. "Not for a while," Bailey said. "I want to look around and enjoy the recruiting process a little bit."
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