Brendan Bailey to Marquette: Golden Eagles Land 4-Star SF Prospect

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistOctober 20, 2015

Credit: 247Sports

Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski isn't afraid to play the waiting game when it comes to Brendan Bailey.

The 4-star small forward committed to the Golden Eagles on Tuesday, making the announcement on Twitter:

Brendan Bailey @brendanbailey35

It's time to announce that I will be attending Marquette University to extend my career in Basketball. https://t.co/CN4OkqczaG

According to 247Sports' composite rankings, Bailey is the No. 12 small forward and No. 67 player overall in the 2016 recruiting class. He had originally pledged his future to the Arizona State Sun Devils but reversed his decision in March, per Scout.com's Josh Gershon.    

In the months that followed, Marquette slowly began distancing itself as the favorite.

Securing the commitment of a high school recruit is always an investment in the future, but that's particularly true with Bailey. Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv noted Aug. 6 that Bailey will do a two-year mission as part of his adherence to the Mormon religion.

ESPN.com's Jeff Borzello confirmed the situation remains the same following his commitment to Marquette.

Essentially, Bailey is really a member of the 2018 recruiting class, and his scholarship won't count toward the Golden Eagles' numbers until then.

That makes projecting Bailey's value going forward a little more difficult. But even if Bailey remains the same player he is in two years' time, he'll still have room for growth.

Corey Evans of the Roundball Rundown Report couldn't say enough about Bailey's game:

Corey Evans @coreyevans_10

Can't reiterate the broad package of skills Brendan Bailey brings to the floor. Shot maker, yes, but so versatile on the defensive end

You wouldn't necessarily classify the American Fork, Utah, native as a three-point specialist, but he has the range to knock down shots from that distance on occasion. He can also spot up from mid-range to keep the opposing defense honest.

Bailey is listed at just 6'7" and 170 pounds, so there's no question he'll need to add a bit more muscle to become a more consistent scorer inside off the dribble.

He does boast a ton of length, which will make him a hassle on the defensive end. Again, though, depending on how much he bulks up in the next two years, strength could be a concern when he's matched up with more physical small forwards.

In a way, Bailey's mission could work out well since he should be much more physically developed by the time he arrives in Milwaukee than he would have been in 2016.

Two years is a long time to wait for Bailey to contribute on the court, but Wojciechowski's patience should be richly rewarded in due time.

Recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports unless noted otherwise.