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5-star Ace Bailey talks Kentucky, Auburn, Tennessee & future visits

Joe Tipton11/28/22
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2024 forward Airius 'Ace' Bailey of Powder Springs (GA) McEachern (photo cred- Jamie Shaw)

Ace Bailey is the 2024 On3 Consensus No. 6 overall player. However, he likely has the most upside in the country.

The On3 Consensus is the average ranking from all four major recruiting media companies (ESPN, 247Sports, Rivals).

“I can dribble, shoot the ball, my IQ is high, able to make plays off the dribble, catch and shoot. I do it all,” he says. “I like to watch Kevin Durant, Paul George, and Jayson Tatum.”

The 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward out of Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern has taken visits to Auburn, Tennessee, Rutgers, Georgia, and Georgia Tech. He says he would like to take future trips to Oregon, Texas, Kentucky, and more.

All of the schools mentioned above have offered Bailey, a Chattanooga native. As well as USC, Ohio State, Kansas, Memphis, Alabama, LSU, Arkansas and more.

With nearly 30 scholarship offers, Bailey says the majority of schools are calling his phone frequently, but he says Texas, Rutgers, Kentucky, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and more contact him almost daily.

Bailey talks handful of schools involved

Auburn: “I like how they play, with their big guards like with Jabari (Smith), JT Thor. A lot of guys in my position, they’ve put in the league. A lot of people compare me to Jabari. Bruce Pearl is a tough coach. He coaches hard.”

Tennessee: “That’s home. I’m from Tennessee (Chattanooga). It’s close to home. It’s just a couple of hours away.”

Kentucky: “It’s Calipari. I can’t say too much. It’s just him. He’s put a lot of people in the league. From my position, to centers, everybody.”

Scouting Summary

“Ace Bailey is a lengthy and explosive forward prospect in the 2024 class,” On3’s Jamie Shaw writes. “He has a lot of natural tools to work with, and it is easy to see why the college coaches are already lining to track his progress. At the same time, Bailey is far from a finished product, his ability to handle and shoot the ball in the half-court intrigues. He played with a go-get-the-ball mentality, which translates while you sharpen everything else. With his bloodlines and athletic genes, make sure to earmark this name and look for Bailey to track as a national-level recruit.”