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The Suburbanite
  • Jackson's Evan Bailey

  • Evan Bailey is going places.

    As it turns out, he could go just about anywhere he wants.

    The Jackson High School junior forward was selected to the All-Stark County Team and, according to Jackson head coach Tim Debevec, it’s no wonder why.

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  • Evan Bailey is going places.
    As it turns out, he could go just about anywhere he wants.
    The Jackson High School junior forward was selected to the All-Stark County Team and, according to Jackson head coach Tim Debevec, it’s no wonder why.
    You see, Bailey lives for basketball.
    “To get to the next level you have to sleep and eat basketball, and he does that,” Debevec said. “He is always thinking basketball and he knows the game. We expect him to be our coach on the court.”
    Bailey is committed to his sport and he’s driven to push the limits of what he can do. In order to do that, Bailey knows he has to work hard off the court.
    “He’s a gym rat,” Debevec said. “He’s a great kid and he is always working at getting better. … He’s always in the weight room. In fact, he’s probably working in the weight room as we speak.”
    When Bailey isn’t lifting weights or working on shooting he’s hitting the books. His academics are superb and it’s enough to draw the attention of some elite Division I universities.
    According to Debevec, Bailey has received several scholarship offers and schools are still looking at him. Among the schools that may be in contention for Bailey are Miami University (Ohio), The University of Dayton, Cornell University, Princeton University and Harvard University.
    But before he can arrive on any college campus, Bailey has a senior season at Jackson. It’s a season that the head coach is looking forward to seeing.
    “We’re expecting big things from him his senior year,” Debevec said. “He was a captain for us this year and you know he will be captain for us next year, too.”
    EVAN BAILEY AT A GLANCE
    Evan Bailey, Jackson, 6-6, junior
    • Multi-dimensional scorer.
    •Two-time Repository Stark County, Northeast Inland District and Federal League first team.
    •Two-time third team All-Ohio.
    •Has scored 939 career points.
    •Scored a career-high 43 points — one off of Jami Bosley’s school record — against Lake.
    •Holds college offers from Mid-American Conference and Patriot League schools. Gaining Ivy League interest.
    •Averaged team highs of 16.3 points and 8.1 rebounds.
    •Shot 42.8 percent from floor, 38.0 percent from 3-point range and 77.2 percent from foul line.