Four-star Bailey gives early pledge

Four-star Utah native Brendan Bailey made an early verbal commitment to Arizona State on Sunday.

Herb Sendek and Arizona State added their first commitment of the 2016 class late Sunday evening.

Brendan Bailey, who ranks No. 66 overall in the class, tells Scout that he gave the Sun Devil coaching staff the official word on Saturday. He picked Arizona State over Utah and a host of other schools.

“I thought it was the best fit for me,” Bailey said. “I just had such a great relationship with the whole entire coaching staff and a lot of other people there. I just thought it was the best place for me to become person and basketball player.”

Among the other people Bailey is referring to is his sister BreElle Bailey, who is a sophomore on Arizona State’s volleyball team. Bailey said his sister certainly factored into his decision-making.

“It did a little bit because I thought it’d be cool to go to the same school as my sister and with my sister,” he said. “She just loves it so much.”

Bailey also said he and his family have a strong bond with Sendek and assistant coach Stan Johnson.

“I feel like I have the best relationship with them out of the other schools I was being recruited by,” he said. “My dad has known coach Johnson for a while. He worked with him for a little bit. They’ve been friends for a while. My dad also has connections to Norht Carolina State. Our families are really close.”

A 6-foot-7, 190-pound wing, Bailey has a reputation as a wing scorer. He averaged 16 points and six rebounds as a sophomore at American Fork (Utah) High.

“I think I’ll fit in great because they play the same style of basketball that I like to play,” Bailey said. “They get up and down, which I like to do, and they shoot a lot of threes and I like to do that also.”

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