Posted On: 12/8/16 10:13 AM
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Braxton Bailey might be the most underrated player in the state of Utah. As a junior the 6’6 forward averaged nearly 16 points and 5 rebounds per game for Provo High School. This year he has come out of the gates on fire by averaging 27 points per game including 34 vs 5A powerhouse American Fork. Bailey’s ability to play inside and out has made him a matchup nightmare for opposing teams. He has made 7 three pointers in two games this year. People are finding out Bailey is one of the best players in the state and if Provo can have some success will be able to see him on a bigger stage during the state tournament.
Bailey had this to say on his team’s outlook this season, “I believe we are going to very solid this year. I think having six seniors on this team is going to be a huge advantage in region. Also, are outside shooting is going to help us stay in games and makes us a dangerous team. I have us finishing in the top three in Region 7.” Region 7 is probably the deepest region in the entire state so a top three finish would be a great year for a Provo team who took last place this past season.
When asked about his strengths as a player Bailey said, “My biggest strength is being a big man that can play outside and inside. I’m able to shoot the three ball and also take slower defenders off the dribble. My post game has gotten better and my jump hook is my go to move when I’m posting up.” When asked about his weaknesses Bailey said, “The biggest thing I want to improve this year is rebounding. I want to have a bigger role in dominating the boards for my team. I would also like to block more shots this year. I’m a good athlete so I should be able to get a few every game.” If bailey will commit to becoming an active rebounder and shot blocker he will be an excellent college player.
Bailey has heard from NAIA school Montana State University-Northern and also Pierce College from near Seattle. I believe with the amount of skill Bailey has he is a high level D2 or a high level junior college prospect. There is no doubt he knows how to put the ball in the hoop. The college that signs Bailey will be getting a great player.