Four-star small forward Brendan Bailey commits to Marquette

Brendan Bailey, a 6-foot-7 wing out of Utah, committed to Marquette on Tuesday.

2016 small forward Brendan Bailey verbally committed to Steve Wojciechowski and Marquette, he told Scout.

"I just had such a great relationalship, with not only Stan [Johnson] because he came from ASU, but I’ve also built a great relationshp with coach Wojo," Bailey said. "Me and him are really close now."

"They’ve come to visit me multiple times and everytime they’ve come to visit they’ve had something new to show me," he added. "Like the way they play and how I fit into their system. Also on the visit, I got to hang out with the players. The type of guys they have and recruit is the type of kid that I am. I just fit into the school really well."

Bailey, a standout at American Fork (Utah) High, picked Marquette over Michigan, Utah, San Diego State and Gonzaga. Bailey took visits to all five of his finalisits. 

"A couple of days ago I sat down with my family and we talked about it," Bailey said. "It was between Marquette, Michigan and Gonzaga. We just thought the best place for me would be Marquette."

In late November of 2014, Bailey committed to Herb Sendek and Arizona State. When Sendek moved on from the Sun Devils, Bailey backed off his verbal pledge. Current Marquette assistant coach Stan Johnson was the lead recruit for Bailey at ASU at the time. Johnson picked up his recruitment of Bailey when he landed at Marquette.

"It’s just always good to know someone there," Bailey said. "Me and Stan are really close. He’s been recruiting me as long as I’ve been recruited. It’ll be good to get there and I already have a great relationship with coaches."

As a junior, Bailey averaged 14.2 points and 5.6 rebounds a game. Scout analyst Josh Gershon is impressed with Bailey's versatility and scoring ability.

"Brendan Bailey projects as a good high major wing," Gershon said. "Offensively he can either play the two or three on offense and potentially even four in a smaller lineup. Defensively he can guard threes and possibly bigger twos and smaller fours. Being able to score off the dribble is an important attribute for a wing and that's something Bailey has ability to do; he can create his own shot and score at a respectable efficiency."

"Bailey needs to continue to add to his handle and get stronger, but he has a nice feel for the game and is a prospect with both a high floor and high ceiling," Gershon added. "He's a very good pickup for Marquette."

Although he's graduating high school with the 2016 class, Bailey intends to do a Mormon mission and would be a freshman at Marquette in 2018. 

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