Bailey Says Bulldogs Were Best Choice

The East Baton Rouge Parish Boy's basketball tournament is in full swing this week at Scotlandville Magnet High School. One of the top teams in the tournament, the Belaire Bengals, feature Mississippi State signee Elgin Bailey. Elgin led the Bengals to a 62-49 win over Baker High Wednesday afternoon. The Starkville bound senior reports that signing with the Bulldogs was an easy decision.

"I chose Mississippi State because it was close to home and close to family," explained Elgin. "If my family wants to come see me play, they won't have to travel far, so that was something I thought about. I just really like Mississippi State. I like Coach Kirby and I like Coach Stansbury. They made me feel wanted."

Bailey choose the Bulldogs over offers from the likes of Alabama, Arizona, LSU, Miami, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, UNLV and USC. Elgin explains that the Bulldog basketball staff really made an impression on him.

"I decided our first game that I was going to Mississippi State," said Elgin. "The MSU coaches were there. It seemed they were always there. They came to some of my games, they came to see me at practice and they came to just visit. They were just showing me the most love and I really liked them a lot too, so it was an easy decision. Mississippi State was definitely were I wanted to go. I had no second thoughts."

Bailey reports that rumors about his health are exagerrated and that he is "back to 100%". Based on his 17 points, eight blocks and his ability to run the floor on Wednesday afternoon, it would be tough to argue with the big man.

Elgin did a pretty good job filling up his stat sheet this time out, but one stat really brought a smile to his face.

"I am not sure of all of my stats, but I know I was 10 of 13 from the line," beamed Elgin. "I put a lot or work into my free throws, a lot of work. In practice I didn't get any calls so I get used to getting fouled and things like that."

Bailey plays in a very guard oriented offense, so a lot of his baskets are on hustle plays or put backs. He expects that his role in college may be a bit different.

"They are going to play at me as a forward," said Elgin. "I am just going to be the big man and get in there and rebound. I have to get in there and get what they want me to get. Whatever they have in store for me I am ready for it. I will play if they need me to or if they want me to redshirt to get better than that is what I will do."

The humble Bailey will lead Belaire into second round tournament action at 1 PM Thursday afternoon at Scotlandville Magnet.

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