PISCATAWAY, NJ – Ollie Bailey, a 6-7, 225-pound forward from Chicago, IL and Dan Waterstradt, a 6-11, 220-pound center/forward from Redford, MI and have signed national letters of intent to play basketball at Rutgers University for head coach Gary Waters, it was announced today.
Bailey, a rugged force on both ends of the floor, averaged 18.1 points and 12.3 rebounds per game at Farragut High School in Chicago, one of the top programs in the nation that has produced numerous outstanding players including NBA superstar Kevin Garnett. Regarded by several recruiting services as the top forward prospect in Chicago, Bailey won the “Glass Cleaner Award” at the Illinois High School Elite Top 50 Junior Showcase last year. Farragut is the number-one rated team in the Chicago Public League Preseason “Fabulous Five” team rankings and was a standout at the Nike All-American Camp in Indianapolis last summer. Bailey was the only junior named to the Chicago All-Academic team last year.
“Ollie Bailey plays the game with a high degree of toughness and intensity and those traits will serve him well in the BIG EAST,” said Waters. “While he has earned a reputation as a relentless inside force, he is versatile and has the potential to help us in many other areas. In addition to being a relentless rebounder and shot-blocker, he can handle the ball well, is a good passer and has a real nice feel for the game.”
Waterstradt is a skilled, versatile, fundamentally sound player who averaged 15.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game for a team that is ranked in the preseason Top 10 in the state of Michigan, regardless of class. In conference play, he averaged more than 12 rebounds per game. Regarded by several recruiting services as one of the top centers in the state of Michigan, Waterstradt converted 61% of his field goal attempts and shot 75% from the free throw line a year ago.
“Dan Waterstradt’s best basketball is ahead of him,” said Waters. “He’s just scratching the surface and he’s going to get better and better. You don’t see many 6-11 kids running the floor like Dan does. He can rebound and get out on the break quickly. Overall he is a sound player who will fit in nicely into our transition and pressing system.”