Kansas JC F Corey Bailey Having Good Season

While Butler County C.C. is glad to have Randy Smithson back as its head coach, Smithson is probably equally grateful for the return of Corey Bailey to the Grizzly program. Bailey, a sophomore forward, is having an outstanding season and is hearing from several schools, including Minnesota.

Corey Bailey, a sturdy 6-4, 210-pound forward from Tampa, Fla., actually left Butler County after one semester last year. In fact, just after he had a bit of a coming out party at the 2004 Jayhawk Shootout, Bailey was out of Butler and back in the Sunshine State.

Bailey and former Butler County Head Coach Dennis Helms (now back at Odessa JC in Texas) had some sort of falling out last year, precipitating Bailey's departure from the El Dorado, Kan., school.

"Corey wanted to come back here after the coaching change," explained Butler County assistant coach Mike Bargen. "So he came back here for summer school and worked hard to get eligible for this season."

Because of his strong upper body and good athleticism, Bailey is able to consistently finish plays in traffic and along the baseline. But he showed an improved stroke from the perimeter against Johnson County, nailing four of eight shots beyond the arc.

"Corey spent a lot of time on his jump shot this summer, and he has a chance to be a great shooter," Bargen said. "It's just a matter of hours in the gym."

"He's gone from a post player to a shooter," Bargen added. "And now he's working to do more things off the dribble."

So far this season, Bailey is leading Butler with 15.6 points to go along with 6.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.6 steals.

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