Vincent Edward Mendoza
Arizona is keeping a close eye on 2016 small forward Brendan Bailey, a 6’7 wing who recently reopened his recruitment since decommitting from Arizona State.
PGU caught up with Bailey to talk about how the process is going, his plans as he looks to narrow down his list and his style of play.
“I’m known as a shooter. I can hit the three and mid range shot. I do have to work on being more consistent and being more of an all around player. Getting to the basket, getting to the free throw line and finishing around the basket and everything,” he said.
Since decommitting from Arizona State Bailey has been in contact with colleges throughout the country. Most notably Arizona, SDSU, UCONN, Gonzaga and Utah.
“It’s been crazy right now. Once I decommitted from Arizona State like a couple hours after that I was already getting calls from a bunch of different colleges so it was crazy then. It’s staring to slow down a little bit but because I’m getting used to it a little more now,” he said.
“They’re telling me that I need to get stronger but I know that too. It can be a little frustrating because it runs in the family. Its hard to put on weight so they’re just constantly reminding me of that.”
Bailey really shows his versatility on the defensive side of the ball where he is able to defend multiple positions.
“I can guard the two and once I get stronger I can guard the four. So two-four because I can move my feet pretty well on defense and once the added weight comes I can defend the post,” he told PGU.
Since reopening his recruitment the Arizona coaching staff has shown interest in Bailey and the feeling is mutual as he tells PGU, “I talk to coach Miller and coach Phelps. They’re just getting to know me and I’m getting to know them as well.”
“They’re both really good guys. Coach Miller is one of the best coaches in the country. He always has a winning program. I didn’t know much about coach Phelps beforehand besides the fact that he was at Marquette and they’ve had a good program while he was there so obviously he played a part with that there,” Bailey said.
With two official trips taken already, Bailey has Arizona in his plans telling PGU, “it’s just a great overall university. We’re still planning of my trips out so everything is still in the works.”