Oregon just got a pledge from a player who knows exactly what it takes to be an elite athlete.
V.J. Bailey, the son of an Olympic medalist and NFL wide receiver, committed to the Ducks on Tuesday evening, according to multiple reports.
The four-star recruit is a consensus top-100 player in the 2017 class out of Austin, Texas, with offers from Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Nebraska, among others. He becomes Dana Altman’s first commitment in the Oregon 2017 class.
“V.J. Bailey is an elite athlete who can to improve his skill level to become a great perimeter PAC-12 player over time,” NBCSports.com recruiting analyst Scott Phillips said of the 6-foot-4 guard. “If Bailey can become a consistent shooter, he can be a really tough cover at the next level.”
Bailey certainly comes from a prolific and impressive athletic family. His mother, Tonja Buford-Bailey, won a bronze medal at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games in the 400-meter hurdles. His father, Victor Sr., played in the NFL for four seasons for the Eagles and Chiefs.
“My parents both instilled in me that hard work always pays off,” Bailey told the Austin American-Statesman in 2015. “Both are very competitive people and push me to do my best in the classroom and on the floor.”
Bailey averaged 16.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per game playing in the EYBL this past season.