V.J. Bailey, top 100 hoops prospect, commits to Oregon Ducks: Report

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FILE - In tis Saturday, March 12, 2016, file photo, Oregon head coach Dana Altman celebrates while cutting down the net after his team defeated Utah 88-57 in an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Pac-12 men's tournament in Las Vegas. On Friday The Ducks will make their fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, opening against the winner of the play-in game between Holy Cross and Southern. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

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The Oregon Ducks football team may not have earned the win against Washington this weekend, but that clearly didn't dampen the trip for Rivals four-star combo guard Victor "V.J." Bailey.

On Tuesday, ESPN's Jeff Borzello (and others) reported the 6-foot-3, 175-pound combo guard, out of Round Rock, Texas, committed to Oregon over offers from Arizona, Creighton, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Texas A&M, Tech Tech and others.

"After the visit I took roughly 48 hours. I got back and didn't want to do it the day I got back, because we got back pretty late," Bailey explained. "I went through school and after school I kind of sat back and we made a pros and cons list. Oregon was at the top, so we decided it was the right fit."

Bailey is rated the No. 90 prospect in the country by ESPN.

For the shooting guard, Oregon's recent success played a major role in his decision.

"They went to the Elite Eight last year, and with the great players they have now, they are definitely going up right now," he said. "In all of the rankings they were top eight in all of the polls. They are definitely coming up and I wanted to be a part of it."

Here's what Rivals national analyst Eric Bossi had to say about the talented shooting guard:

"Offensively, Bailey has considerable upside. He's always been very athletic, but has at times relied too much on his athleticism. Over the past six months he's significantly improved his jump shooting, his mid-range game and his overall decision making," he wrote. "As he fills out and continues to improve his skill he has the type of tools to far outplay his current No. 94 ranking in the 2017 Rivals150"

Bailey is the first commitment of the 2017 recruiting cycle, but more good news could soon be on the way.

Just before his report on Bailey, Borzello announced that Brandon Randolph, ESPN's No. 40 prospect, is set to make his decision Wednesday evening between finalists Arizona, Oregon, Syracuse and Wake Forest.

However, even that won't be enough for Bailey, who wants to take on the role of Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat and bring more talent with him to Eugene.

"When I came on my visit I came with Ira Lee. He's a highly recruited player," Bailey said. "He's really good, like the No. 69 player on ESPN, and I'm going to try to get my D-Wade on and become a recruiter for Oregon."

After finishing with one of the top recruiting classes in school history a year ago, Dana Altman is at it again for the 2017 cycle.

Bailey is first on the board, but Duck fans should expect big things before signing day.

-- Andrew Nemec
anemec@oregonian.com
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