Bailey goes with JC hoops power Pima, fresh off Elite 8 showing
The 6-foot-6 all-state wing has committed to Arizona’s Pima Community College, which is coming off a 22-win season that saw them advance all the way to the Elite Eight in the NJCAA Division II Tournament.
“Pima and I fit so well because we both understood each other’s goals off the bat for this upcoming season,” Bailey told me. “The coach and I are on the same page for this year for my freshman year and I’m excited to see what this team does this year.”
Bailey, of Monroe Catholic High fame, got in contact Aztecs coach Brian Peabody through a family friend. The coach came out to watch Bailey with Team 907 during an exposure trip on the West Coast.
“First game he was impressed and right there we started talking,” Bailey said. “I also had some other schools in the run, but Pima had a lot to offer and showed a lot of evidence.”
Pima’s 22 wins was the most since the 1989-90 season and the 13 conference wins were the most since 2001.
“My personal goals are to improve everyday and make sure I’m playing hard and to help my team,” Bailey said. “My team goal is to, of course, to get a national championship. They made it to the Elite 8 last year and this year we are striving to make it beyond that.”
Bailey is a swing player capable of playing on the perimeter and on the wing.
“I’ll be able to stretch the floor and also not being a walking turnover when I get on to the court,” he said. “I’ll rely on my ability to adjust to every game and continue learning from the experience.”
Leaving Alaska won’t be easy for Bailey. He is close to his family, who have supported him on an off the court. He spent much of his summer working out with his brother, Kyle.
“They all wanted me to succeed and made sure I did it the right way,” he said.