#54 RANKED PLAYER IN COUNTRY (CLASS OF 2016)
STAR RANKING: 4 STARS
WEIGHT: 195 POUNDS
AGE: 18 YEARS OLD
POSITION: SMALL FORWARD
HIGH SCHOOL: AMERICAN FORK HIGH SCHOOL IN UTAH
CHOSE MARQUETTE OVER: CONNECTICUT, GONZAGA, MICHIGAN, SDSU, AMONG OTHERS
PLAYER SUMMARY: Arizona State’s loss is Marquette’s gain. Head Coach Steve Wojciechowski was surely happy when very talented small forward Brendan Bailey chose to play for his program. The Golden Eagles struggled last season, finishing 8th in the Big East conference. They had an overall record of 20-13. Coach “Wojo” will surely have his team working hard to get back into the NCAA tournament, even with the loss of first round pick Henry Ellenson.
Brendan Bailey will be asked to pick up some of the scoring load that Ellenson left. The 6’8″ Bailey has a prototypical SF body. He is very long and is at his best when playing in an up-tempo system. Steve “Wojo” likes to play this style, as he himself starred in an up-tempo system while he was the point guard at Duke.
What stood out to us when evaluating Bailey’s game was his versatility. We believe he has the ability to play multiple positions because of his size and skill-set. We wouldn’t be surprised if he saw time at the SG, SF, and even the PF position based on the lineup that Marquette will emply based on the situation. This versatility will make Bailey a very valuable player for the Golden Eagles. In our opinion, the more positions that a player can play effectively, the more options a coach has.
Bailey can shoot the ball. He has a very nice all around offensive skill-set. He shows a very nice shooting stroke all the way out to the 3 point line and is already very good with the mid-range game. Because of his size and versatility, we see a situation where he can cause match-up problems. He will be able to shoot over smaller defenders. The 4-star prospect reportedly has a very good high basketball IQ, which should endear him to his head coach, who was known for his tenacity and knowledge of the game while he was a college player.
Bailey needs to get in the weight room. While being very long, he is lacking the upper and lower body strength at this point. For him to reach his potential he will need to fill out his body. This will only help him endure the rigors of the Big East and a full season of high-major college basketball.
The SF can have trouble creating his own shot because his ball-handling is average at best. He is more of a spot up shooter. He will need to be able to create off the dribble in order for opposing defenders from playing him tight. Because he is such a good shooter, increasing his ball-handling ability is crucial. He can have problems finishing around the rim, however he can improve in this area once he gains the weight/strength from being in the weight room. He has been a solid rebounder at the high school level. He is an average passer, which can improve as he becomes a better ball-handler.
Brendan Bailey is one of the better overall offensive players we have profiled in the class of 2016. His ability to score in multiple ways will get him immediate playing time for Marquette. Once he gets stronger and his body fills out, he should be a multi-year starter with the potential to be one of the leading scorers in the Big East conference. Golden Eagles fans will enjoy watching him play.
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF BRENDAN BAILEY
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