Bailey earns All-District first team honors
March 23, 2009
Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
Benedictine University senior guard Jared Bailey (Argo, Ill./Argo Community H.S.) has been named first team NCAA Division III All-District Midwest by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Bailey is now eligible for consideration for the State Farm Coaches’ All-America Teams, selected by the NABC.
“This is tremendous for Jared and for our entire conference,” said Benedictine Head Coach Keith Bunkenburg. “The NABC All-District Midwest team has some very, very outstanding players on it. Jared is in some elite company to be selected for such an award by coaches in this area.”
Bailey was the “Player of the Year” for the 12-team Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) in 2008-09, earning his second All-NAC first team award in the process. He was also a three-time NAC “Student-Athlete of the Week” honoree.
Bailey had an amazingly-productive, all-around season in leading the Eagles (19-8) to their first league title since winning the championship of the now-defunct Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference in 2000-01. Bailey’s season averages included 17.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game. The 6’2” shooting guard, who is a business major, also posted quality shooting percentages from the field (.475), from the three-point area (.373) and from the free throw stripe (.853).
Bailey also ranked among the NAC leaders in most every statistical category. He was fifth in scoring, fourth in assists per game, fourth in free throw percentage, sixth in assist-turnover ratio, ninth in minutes played per game, 15th in both three-point field goal percentage and made per game, as well as 19th in rebounds per game.
Bailey was the model of consistency throughout the season, producing double digit scoring in 22 of the 25 contests in which he played. He was BU’s top scorer in 14 games.
Bailey also reached his 1,000th career point on January 28 in the team’s win over then-first place Milwaukee School of Engineering. He finished his Benedictine career with 1,166 points, which ranks him 17th on the school’s all-time list.
Bailey is the first Eagles’ player to be honored on an NABC All-District team since Terry Frigo achieved the same honor for the 2000-01 season. He was the only NAC player recognized on the All-District Midwest team.
Kent Raymond (Wheaton) – Player of the Year
Joey Verax (Transylvania)
Ryan Kroeger (Lawrence)
Aaron Thompson (Washington)
Brent Ruch (Elmhurst)
Jared Bailey (Benedictine)
Brian Fogert (Fontbonne)
Tyler Nading (Washington)
Sean Wallis (Washington)
Steve Djurickovic (Carthage)
Anthony Pettaway (Defiance)
COACH OF THE YEAR
Mark Edwards (Washington)
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