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Jackson’s Evan Bailey commits to play basketball at College of Charleston

By Michael Beaven Published: September 11, 2013

Jackson senior Evan Bailey will be heading south for college.

Bailey has given an oral commitment to play basketball on scholarship at the College of Charleston.

Bailey, who is 6-foot-6 and 195-pounds, has been an impact player at Jackson since his freshman year as a shooting guard and small forward.

“That is just a great place down there with really good facilities,” Bailey said. “I like their style of play and the guys down there are really good. I think we can have a good team.”

Bailey averaged around 18 points and eight rebounds last season for the Polar Bears and around 20 points and eight rebounds the season before. He was an Associated Press Division I All-Ohio third-team selection in each of those seasons.

“Evan is a hard worker and a great student,” Jackson coach Tim Debevec said. “He is always in the gym working on his game. He is well-deserving of a Division I scholarship. He has gotten better each year, and we expect big things out of him this year.”

Jackson posted a record of 17-7 last season and 15-7 the season prior. The Polar Bears won sectional titles both seasons, were Federal League champions his sophomore season and second in the league his junior season.

Bailey, 18, also had scholarship offers from Harvard, Princeton, Pennsylvania, Cornell, Miami (Ohio), Kent State and Toledo. He has a 4.4 grade-point average scored a 29 in on the ACT.

“I shoot the ball well and I can defend a lot of positions pretty well,” Bailey said. “I think I rebound from the perimeter pretty well. I need to work on getting stronger, quicker and on my handle [of the ball] a little bit.”

Charleston is coached by Doug Wojcik, who will be entering his second season in charge this year after compiling a 24-11 record last year. Wojcik previously was Tulsa’s head coach from 2005-2012 and served as an assistant from 1990-2005 with stints at the U.S. Naval Academy, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Michigan State.

Wojcik played college basketball at the U.S. Naval Academy from 1983-1986. He played with former NBA star David Robinson and helped the Midshipmen to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1984, 1985 and 1986. Navy posted a record of 82-17 during those three years with Wojcik as the starting point guard.

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