PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers freshman forward Ollie Bailey (Chicago, IL) was named to the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team, the league announced on Monday.
The aggressive 6-7, 225-pound Bailey made an immediate impact in the program, earning a starting forward assignment in his first collegiate game at Charlotte, Nov. 22. He keyed a second-half rally with four dunks, finishing the game with 12 points and seven rebounds in a season-opening, 73-71 victory over the 49ers, who went on to share the Conference-USA regular season title.
Bailey was a two-time BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honoree, garnering league rookie honors in the first week of his collegiate career on Nov. 29 and again on Dec. 20. Bailey averaged 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in victories over Charlotte and St. Mary’s (CA) in his first week. He earned his second league honor after posting a career-high 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting in 34 minutes in Rutgers’ victory over Norfolk State.
Bailey posted double figures in the scoring column in 14 of Rutgers’ 27 regular-season games, reaching the 20-point mark against then No. 25 Wisconsin on Dec. 4 with 20 points, in addition to his 21-point performance against Norfolk State on Dec. 18.
Bailey enters this week’s BIG EAST Tournament third on the team in scoring, averaging 9.7 points per game, and second on the team in rebounding, contributing 4.5 rebounds per contest. The 6-7, 225-pound forward is also second on the team in field goal percentage, shooting 49.8 percent from the floor. He registered a pair of double-doubles during the regular season, finishing with 11 points and 10 rebounds each in home victories against Rhode Island on Dec. 11, and Providence on Jan. 19.
Perhaps Bailey’s most impressive performance in conference play came against then No. 4 Syracuse, when he scored 18 points on 5-of-7 (.714) shooting from the floor, while collecting five rebounds in Rutgers’ near upset of the Orange at the RAC on Jan. 24.
Bailey is the second Scarlet Knight in as many years to earn a spot on the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team. He joins guard Quincy Douby (Brooklyn, NY), who garnered the honor last season. In its 10 years in the league, Rutgers has had six Scarlet Knights earn representation on the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team. In addition to Bailey and Douby, previous Scarlet Knights recognized on the league’s All-Rookie Team included Geoff Billet (1995-96), Earl Johnson (1996-97), Jeff Greer (1997-98) and Dahntay Jones (1998-99).
Rutgers, the 11th seed, will play sixth-seeded Notre Dame in the opening round of the BIG EAST Championship at Madison Square Garden in New York on Wednesday, March 9 at 9:00 p.m. The winner of the Rutgers-ND game will face No. 3 Seed Syracuse in the quarterfinals on Thursday, March 10 at 9:00 p.m.
2004-05 All-BIG EAST First Team
Jared Dudley, Boston College, So., 6-7, 220, San Diego, Calif.
Craig Smith, Boston College, Jr., 6-7, 250, Los Angeles, Calif.
Chevon Troutman, Pittsburgh, Sr., 6-7, 240, Williamsport, Pa.
Ryan Gomes, Providence, Sr., 6-7, 240, Waterbury, Conn.
Gerry McNamara, Syracuse, Jr., 6-2, 182, Scranton, Pa.
*Hakim Warrick, Syracuse, Sr., 6-8, 219, Philadelphia, Pa.
2004-05 All-BIG EAST Second Team
Josh Boone, Connecticut, So., 6-10, 237, Mt. Airy, Md.
Charlie Villanueva, Connecticut, So., 6-11, 240, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Carl Krauser, Pittsburgh, Jr., 6-2, 200, Bronx, N.Y.
Allan Ray, Villanova, Jr., 6-2, 200, Bronx, N.Y.
Curtis Sumpter, Villanova, Jr., 6-7, 223, Brooklyn, N.Y.
2004-05 All-BIG EAST Third Team
Marcus Williams, Connecticut, So., 6-3, 205, Los Angeles, Calif.
Brandon Bowman, Georgetown, Jr., 6-8, 219, Santa Monica, Calif.
Chris Thomas, Notre Dame, Sr., 6-1, 190, Indianapolis, Ind.
Daryll Hill, St. John’s, Jr., 6-0, 167, Queens, N.Y.
Randy Foye, Villanova, Jr., 6-3, 205, Newark, N.J.
2004-05 BIG EAST Honorable Mention
Jeff Green, Georgetown, Fr., 6-8, 225, Hyattsville, Md.
Chris Taft, Pittsburgh, So., 6-10, 260, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Josh Pace, Syracuse, Sr., 6-5, 203, Griffin, Ga.
Tyrone Sally, West Virginia, Sr., 6-7, 210, Chesterfield, Va.
BIG EAST All-Rookie Team
Ollie Bailey, Rutgers, Fr., 6-7, 225, Chicago, Ill.
Sean Williams, Boston College, Fr., 6-10, 230, Houston, Texas
*Rudy Gay, Connecticut, Fr., 6-9, 200, Baltimore, Md.
*Jeff Green, Georgetown, Fr., 6-8, 225, Hyattsville, Md.
Ronald Ramon, Pittsburgh, Fr., 6-1, 180, Bronx, N.Y.
Kyle Lowry, Villanova, Fr., 6-0, 185, Philadelphia, Pa.