MaxPreps: Bailey impresses

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Brendan Bailey had one of the top performances of the weekend at the MaxPreps Holiday Classic, proving that Arizona State landed one of the West Coast's top wings in the 2016 class.

In late November, American Fork (Utah) 2016 wing Brendan Bailey ended his recruitment early, choosing Arizona State.

While Bailey is Scout’s 66th ranked prospect in the class, he isn’t a consensus high major prospect and one of the questions regarding his game has been his willingness to play in a team concept.

In AAU, that’s often something tough to evaluate being that most games are free flowing, without offensive plays and a whole lot of defense. While Bailey has certainly been shoot-first in that setting, so many guys are that it’s not been something we’ve been overly concerned with.

Seeing him on his high school team on Saturday, Bailey answered any potential concerns in this regard, playing a consummate team game. He picked his spots offensively, often passing up decent looks to find better shots for teammates.

He hit several jumpers – off the catch and pull – some of which were step-backs and fade-aways, while he also attacked the rim, finishing with both hands. Bailey showed a floater, played strong defense and displayed a high basketball IQ.

Bailey entered the game as one of the West Coast’s top wings in the class and certainly cemented that standing.

The four-star prospect acknowledged that that he takes a different approach to both summer and in-season games, but enjoys them both.

“It’s two completely different games,” Bailey said. “AAU is much more fast paced, while this is slow it down, run your offense. A mixture of both is nice. I like running a lot but it’s nice to slow things down and run the offense.”

Ending his recruitment early and choosing ASU was an easy decision for Bailey.

“I just felt like it was the perfect place for me,” he said. “I can’t think of any place I’d rather play college basketball than ASU.”

The Sun Devils staff had some help, as Brendan’s sister, BreElle Bailey, is a sophomore on the Sun Devils’ volleyball team.

“She recruited me with the coaches, so it was a big impact that she’s there,” Brendan said.

Bailey doesn’t plan on making the trip from Utah to Arizona by himself, as he has a few friends that he’d like to have join him in Tempe.

“I’ve been talking to Frank Jackson, Yoeli Childs and Gavin Baxter about ASU,” he said. “They’re hard to crack but I’m working on it.”

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