Bailey is a top target

Athletic wing V.J. Bailey made an impression at the Nike Elite 100, and numerous schools are involved in his recruitment.

Four-star shooting guard V.J. Bailey has been one of the top wings in the 2017 class for a few years now. The athletic slasher off the wing has made an impression on the AAU circuit, and was impressive last weekend at the Nike Elite 100.

“This spring has been a work in progress,” said Bailey. “I am with a new team in Mo Williams Academy, and we have a lot of good players so we have been trying to get a good feel for each other’s games. We have been playing real good lately.”

He continued, “I’ve been working on my perimeter shooting and my ball handling. Those are the two things that I have been working on a lot.”

The 6-foot-3 and 170 pounder already has a long list of schools showing him significant attention on the recruiting trail.

“I’ve been talking to Ohio State, Texas, Illinois, Creighton, Indiana, Missouri, and a few other schools,” said Bailey.

His mother, former Olympic sprinter Tonja Buford-Bailey, is currently the track coach at Texas, and that has allowed Bailey to get to know the players and coaches well in Austin.

“I’ve become real familiar with the school and obviously it is close to home,” said Bailey of the Longhorns. “I am getting to know the coaches and it is easy for me to make visits and get to know the players and staff.”

Before moving to Austin, Bailey lived in Illinois where his mom was the track coach for the Illini. With that Bailey grew up watching the Illini, and they continue to recruit him as well.

“I grew up there and I always went to the basketball games and just loved Illinois,” noted Bailey. “It is good to hear from them, and the coaches seem like great guys.”

While those two schools have obvious connections to the family, along with Missouri where his father and former NFL wide receiver Victor Bailey attended school, Bailey says that he isn’t locked in on any one program and is open to all options.

One of the schools paying particularly close attention to Bailey is Ohio State.

About the Buckeyes, Bailey said, “They are saying that they have their eye on me and to not stop working and that they will be watching me during July.”

For now there is no timetable for a decision from Bailey. He does however know what he will be looking for in a school.

“I am just looking for the school that will give me the best opportunity to become a better basketball player and also somewhere with a great education,” said Bailey.

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