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Great American Shootout: Bailey on the brink

DUNCANVILLE, Texas – If you want to recruit the state of Texas (or the surrounding areas), then the Great American Shootout is a must stop for your college program. On Thursday's opening day, four-star Victor Bailey appeared on the brink of reaching a new level.


Victor Bailey
Victor Bailey

Currently ranked No. 82 in the 2017 Rivals150, shooting guard Victor Bailey has always been a player that looks like he has another level to reach with his game. If anything, his genes suggest he will end up a high-level athlete considering that his mother was an Olympian and his father was a receiver in the NFL.

The 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Round Rock (Texas) McNeil is making the most of the spotlight on his summer team, RM5.

Bailey showed off an explosive first step on drives and next level leaping ability once he got to the rim. He got serious lift on his jumper and is a very comfortable shooter to beyond the three-point line.

He feels like he's stepping things up in the second live period.

"Individually I think I did well in the first live period," said Bailey. "I think there's some things I could have done better to help my team win more games but overall as far as getting coaches looking at me and the process moving along I did well.

"This week I'm focusing on leading. I think the first period I just played basketball, this period I'm trying to lead my team while playing."

Among the programs chasing Bailey are Texas A&M, Illinois (where his mom went), Missouri (where his dad went), Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Oregon, USC and Arkansas. He's currently planning to set his official visits shortly after July.


Jase Febres
Jase Febres

What a difference getting to play in front of coaches can make. Look no further than the case of unranked three-star wing Jase Febres of Texas Pro. After missing April's live weekends with a hip injury, the 6-foot-5 shooter from Houston (Texas) Westfield finally got a chance to show coaches what he can do last week and the results were in his favor.

Heading into July, Febres had offers from Boise State, Houston and Rice to with interest from Baylor. Since a sharp-shooting binge in South Carolina last weekend with Texas Pro he's added offers from Kansas State, TCU, N.C. State, Auburn, Texas Arlington and UTEP while West Virginia, Colorado, Texas, Texas A&M and South Carolina have jumped into the mix.

Watching him play on Thursday – along with almost every school on his list – his ability to stretch defenses with his shooting sets up the slender wing as a driver and he looks like a legitimate candidate for the 2017 Rivals150.

Also impressing for Texas Pro was TCU bound point guard Kendric Davis. The class of 2018 floor general isn't the tallest guy around, but pound for pound you won't find a tougher guy. He attacks off the dribble, he can make shots from deep and he is a guy that his teammates draw energy from and want to play for. He'll certainly be in the updated rankings at the end of the summer and is a tremendous pickup.


T.J. Starks
T.J. Starks

Texas A&M's decision to cast its loyalty with the house of Starks could one day help it win the SEC. Point guard T.J. Starks looks like a terrific under-the-radar pickup for the Aggies in 2017. The 6-foot-1 floor general is an explosive driver that finishes through contact, creates at all angles and he can put a defense on its heels with his shooting. He's definitely going to be in the mix for the Rivals150 after the summer ends.

A teammate of Starks on Urban DFW, high-flying wing Mike Adewunmi has all the makings of a mid-major tail-kicker who could end up going higher. The 6-foot-5 rising senior had perhaps the best motor in the gym, looks like a great teammate and could be a big-time defender and transition finisher. He listed offers from Louisiana Tech, Boise State, Rice, North Texas, UT-Arlington, Incarnate Word, Oral Roberts, Central Michigan, Rhode Island, Sam Houston State and Houston.

One of the better available Midwest area power forwards is Ethan Chargois, who plays with Oklahoma-based Team Griffin. At 6-foot-8 he's got a body to build on, good hands and some solid touch to 12 feet. He listed offers from UTSA, Colorado, New Mexico, Florida International, Arkansas Little-Rock, UT-Arlington and Tulsa. Wake Forest, Kansas State, Memphis and Oklahoma State are also taking a look and the head coaches of Tulsa, Wake and OSU all saw him on Thursday.

Chargois' teammate on Team Griffin, Brady Manek looks like a good scoop for Oklahoma. Though thin, the Rivals150 forward who currently ranks No. 134 can really run, has good touch to the three-point line, is bouncy near the rim and plays with an edge to his game.

Class of 2018 four-star Matthew Mayer is playing in Duncanville with Lockdown Basketball and he got off to a slow start getting acclimated to his old team after playing most of the spring and summer with the Houston Hoops. The long and athletic wing showed big-time potential on a few plays and had Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Kansas State, Rice, Oklahoma State, Boise State and others watching and they've all offered. Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Gonzaga and Duke have recently expressed interest.

We'll end with some quick hitters. Wing Kortrijk Miles has good length, is a good athlete and plays tough on both ends of the floor. He's got offers from Houston, Air Force, UT-Arlington, Lamar and Sam Houston and would be a very nice pickup for any of those programs. ... SMU head coach Tim Jankovich made sure that point guard Marcus Garrett saw him watching closely along with Oklahoma State's Brad Underwood, TCU's Jamie Dixon and a Kansas assistant. Ranked No. 44 nationally, Rivals continues to view Garrett as a potentially big-time playmaker with tremendous 6-foot-5 size. Unfortunately, Garrett went down with an ankle injury and his status for the rest of the weekend looked to be in question. ... The decision to rank combo guard Quentin Grimes No. 38 in the class of 2018 looks to be a smart one. He just turned 16, and has sneaky explosion, is a dangerous three-point shooter and can really make plays for himself and others off the dribble thanks to a high basketball IQ.