The Arizona Magic will be a force to be reckoned with this summer with a roster loaded with talent. But no player on that squad is better or will be hungrier than Jerryd Bayless, the No. 7 ranked player in the class of 2007. Bayless, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound combo guard from St. Mary's High School in Phoenix, Ariz., is still recovering from his broken wrist, but that has not kept college coaches away.
"Kentucky, Texas, Arizona, of course, and Kansas are the main players that have been in here since Jerryd got hurt," said Bayless' AAU coach Earl Flaggs.
There was hope that Bayless would be able to get back on the court before the end of the high school season, but as it stands now, he will not suit up again until mid-April when the Magic play in Las Vegas.
"He really wanted to come back, but we decided it was best to shut it down," said Flaggs. "His team doesn't really have a chance to win it all, and he would bump a senior out of playing time if he came back. It just seems like the best thing to do is wait till the spring."
Bayless is out of the cast and wearing a brace now while he continues his rehabilitation and works on his conditioning.
"Jerryd is fired up about the spring," said Flaggs. "He can't wait to get out there and compete and wants to try to raise his ranking."