Coming off recruiting one of the school’s all-time best classes last year, Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski is not doing bad for an encore, as he snagged his second top-100 commitment of the 2016 class when 4-star small forward Brendan Bailey committed to the Golden Eagles on Tuesday.
Bailey made the announcement on his Twitter page.
It's time to announce that I will be attending Marquette University to extend my career in Basketball. pic.twitter.com/CN4OkqczaG
— Brendan Bailey (@brendanbailey35) October 20, 2015
Relationships was a deciding factor in Bailey’s decision.
“I just had such a great relationship, with not only Stan [Johnson] because he came from ASU, but I’ve also built a great relationship with coach Wojo,” Bailey said (per Evan Daniels of Scout.com). “Me and him are really close now.”
Bailey, a 6’7”, 170-pound forward from American Fork, Utah, is rated as a four-star prospect in the 2016 class according to 247 Sports. The site ranks Bailey as the No. 67 prospect in the 2016 class and 12th best small forward in the country.
Bailey, who is the son of ex-Jazz star Thurl Bailey, originally committed to Arizona State last fall. However, he backed off that pledge when Arizona State fired Herb Sendek last spring. He also turned down offers from Arizona, BYU, Gonzaga, Michigan, San Diego State, Utah, Southern Utah and Tulsa.
Joining Bailey in Wojciechowski’s 2016 class is four-star forward Sam Hauser. 247 Sports ranks the Golden Eagles with having the 21st best class at the moment. It should be noted that Bailey is a Mormon and will be expected to go on a two-year mission before enrolling at Marquette.