HOOP SCOOP: Bailey still weighing his options

One of the top recruits in Louisiana, Elgin Bailey (6-8, 248), hasn't begun to narrow his top five yet, but has a wide variety of schools from across the country he is keeping an eye on. Last season, for Belaire High School in Baton Rouge, Bailey averaged 21 points and 15 rebounds a game.

He earned first team all-district honors as well as defensive MVP. So far, Bailey said he has received seven offers.

"I don't really have a top five," said Bailey. "One of the reasons is that I

haven't taken the ACT yet, so some of the schools haven't sent me an offer.

Right now though, I like LSU, UNLV, USC, Ole Miss Tennessee and Miami because they have all offered."

Those schools stand out for Bailey because he believes they can help him achieve his ultimate goal.

"The coaches are real cool and they care about their players," said Bailey. "They are going to help you get to where you gotta go. I'm definitely trying to make it to the league."

Bailey said he is being recruited by LSU assistant coach Butch Pierre and that his godfather has done most of the communication. However, he also has spoken with John Brady a few times.

"He's a cool person and a nice coach," Bailey said. "You can tell he spends a lot of time with his players. He said he likes my game and what I can bring to the table. He likes my size and my ability to run the court."

LSU stands out for Bailey for one simple reason.

"I know a few people who go there," he explained. "Some of my buddies and stuff, so that would be kind of cool to play for them."

Bailey said he hasn't set up any official visits yet, waiting to take the ACT before he makes any decisions.

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