"We got in pretty late [last night] from the visit and I wanted to sleep on it," Bailey said. "I didn’t want to make any decisions early in the morning. I slept on it, went to school and heard people and their thoughts. I knew I wasn’t going to any of the other schools and Oregon was the best fit."
Bailey, a 6-foot-4 guard out of Austin (Tex.) McNeill, picked the Ducks over Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Tulsa.
"I took my first visit to A&M and I enjoyed and to my next one to Tulsa and all the visits I enjoyed, but having my mom, she’s been doing it for 15 or 16 years now, she knows all the little tricks and the recruiting things," he said.
"My dad with him going through it, paid attention to detail in every little thing they took note of. I’m really blessed to have them and they helped me out through the whole process. At the end when we all talked and matched it all up, Oregon was the best fit. I always told people I would go where the best fit was and that’s what I’m doing."
Why is Oregon the best fit?
"As far them being in the PAC-12 and their style of play, they run up and down and are able to go," Bailey said. The coach, coach [Dana] Altman has been coaching for a very long time. He started coaching at age 23. He’s obviously a great coach, so I’m going to play for a great coach that can develop. I enjoy the staff and they gave me good reasons on how they can develop me. I love the University of Oregon, when I got off the plane at the airport I just loved it."
Playing on the Nike EYBL circuit for RM5 Elite, Bailey averaged 16.6 points and 3.5 rebounds a game. Bailey thinks he can help the Ducks with his ability to score, as well as his on ball defense.
"I think they are probably going to lose a lot of scoring this year with Tyler Dorsey and Dillon Brooks putting their names in the draft last year," he said. "If they play as well as they did last year, they’ll put their names in again. They’ll be losing scoring and I think I can help with it. With my athleticism, I think I can help them on defense. I can help stop some of the top guys and really help them in any way I can."
Bailey is Oregon's first pledge of the 2017 recruiting class.