The No. 90 player in the ESPN.com Top 100 and recipient of world-class genes, rising senior point guard Victor Bailey Jr. made his college decision on Tuesday night.
He will venture to Oregon next fall, according to Jeff Borzello of ESPN.com. The Ducks were by far the westernmost team that offered the high school point guard based out of Austin, Texas, and the only Pac-12 school to make it this far in the process.
Bailey will have a chance to carve out a legacy for himself with the Ducks. His parents, Victor Sr. and Tonja Buford-Bailey, did quite well for themselves. Buford-Bailey was a world-class 400-meter hurdler, making three Olympic teams for Team USA (1992, 1996, 2000) and earning a bronze at the ’96 Atlanta Games. Victor Bailey Sr. played three years in the NFL with the Eagles and Chiefs in the mid-1990s.
According to 247Sports.com, Victor Sr.’s alma mater, Missouri, offered the elite prospect. The site bestowed a four-star rating on Bailey Jr. and had Oregon pegged as the third-most likely college choice — behind Tulsa and Texas A&M. Texas Tech and Nebraska also offered the point guard talent, but his most recent visit went to Eugene, Ore., and it proved to be enough.
Dana Altman’s program has qualified for the past four NCAA tournaments, advancing to the Elite Eight in 2016 as a No. 1 seed. The current Ducks were an interior-based scoring operation, with five of the team’s top six point producers being forwards. Only sophomore guard Tyler Dorsey ranked among that group. However, Dorsey has three years of eligibility remaining and the Ducks have four-star point guard Preston Pritchard ready to debut this season.
They appear to have added another quality option for the future.