David Bailey (basketball)

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David Bailey
Personal information
Born (1981-03-03) March 3, 1981 (age 36)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Listed weight 165 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High school Westinghouse (Chicago, Illinois)
College Loyola (Illinois) (1999–2003)
NBA draft 2003 / Undrafted
Playing career 2003–present
Position Point guard
Career history
2003–2004 Idaho Stampede
2004 Šibenik
2004 Le Mans Sarthe
2004–2005 Sioux Falls Skyforce
2005–2006 Perth Wildcats
2006 BCM Gravelines
2006 Hyères-Toulon
2006–2007 Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2007 Dodge City Legend
2007–2008 Sioux Falls Skyforce
2008 PBG Basket Poznan
2008–2009 Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2009–2011 Sioux Falls Skyforce
2011–2012 Idaho Stampede
Career highlights and awards
  • Horizon League Scoring champion (2001–02)
  • Horizon League Assists champion (2000–01)
  • 3x All-Horizon League (1st team: 2000–01 & 01–02, 2nd team: 02–03)
  • Horizon League All-Tournament team (2002)

David Bailey (born March 3, 1981) is an American professional basketball player. He is most notable for his time spent as point guard for the Loyola Ramblers men's basketball team from 1999 to 2003. He was a three-time All-Horizon League selection (two-time first team), a Horizon League scoring champion, a Horizon League assists champion and Horizon League All-Tournament team selection. He is the older brother, crosstown Horizon League foe and former George Westinghouse College Prep teammate of Martell Bailey. The brothers' tenure in the league overlapped for two seasons, including one in which they were both All-League honorees. They played head-to-head several times, including a Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament championship game in which both were key performers.

High School[edit]

As a 5-foot-4-inch (1.63 m), 135 pounds (61.2 kg) junior point guard, Bailey led Westinghouse to the quarterfinals of the Chicago Public School League championships.[1][2] He missed a month of his senior season with a broken wrist, but was back in the lineup by mid January.[3] As a senior, the team reached the semifinals.[4] Following the season, David and junior teammate Cedrick Banks were first team All-Chicago Public School League and Martell was second team.[5] As a 5-foot-8-inch (1.73 m) second team All-state selection, he signed with Loyola.[6] He was also recruited by Rhode Island, Northern Illinois and Southwestern Louisiana.[6] Loyola head coach Larry Farmer was advised to recruit Bailey by his former head coach John Wooden.[7]


Bailey began contributing in his first moments on the court at Loyola in 1999,[7] and he is credited with saving a game as a freshman.[8] Bailey had the ability to slam dunk the basketball.[9] At Loyola, Bailey earned 2000–01 and 2001–02 first team All-Horizon League recognition and 2002–03 second team recognition (along with his brother who was also on the second team that season).[10] He was also a 2001–02 All-Tournament Team selection.[10]

Although the Bailey brothers played each other as Horizon League foes several times, the most notable was the 2002 Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament where the fifth-seeded Ramblers (17-12) and sixth-seeded Flames (19-13) opposed each other in the championship game for a 2002 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament invitation with the entire family in attendance.[11][12] Although David made the All-Tournament team, younger brother Martell's team prevailed by one point in overtime, with Martell making a steal of a pass by David with 13 seconds remaining.[13] David scored 35 points, while Martell only contributed 3 field goals, but all of Martell's field goals came in overtime, including one following the crucial steal.[14] Nonetheless, the Chicago Tribune described David's gritty efforts on the season as heroic.[15]

During his career, he was named Horizon League Player of the Week three times (January 22, 2001; November 26, 2001 and December 3, 2001).[16] He was also a 2001–02 All-Tournament Team selection.[10]

He led the Horizon League in assists in 2000–01 with 170 in 28 games for a 6.1 average and led the league in scoring the subsequent season with 651 points in 30 games for a 21.7 average.[17] Bailey retired as the tenth leading scorer in Horizon League history in 2003 with 1933 points.[18] This ranked him as the third-leading scorer in Loyola Ramblers history, and he retired as the Loyola leader in three point shots made.[19] In his final career home game, he opposed his brother.[19]

Professional career[edit]

He played in the Ligue Nationale de Basketball (Pro A) for a few years including a year each with Le Mans Sarthe Basket, BCM Gravelines and Hyères-Toulon Var Basket.[20] He has also played in the Korvpalli Meistriliiga (KML) in Estonia for Tartu Ülikool/Rock[21] and in the NBA Development League for the Sioux Falls Skyforce, Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Idaho Stampede.[22]


Bailey's family included his mother, Linda Riley, his father, David Bailey, two older brothers and younger sister, Dakita.[23]


  1. ^ Sakamoto, Bob, Bill Harrison, John Montgomery, Andy Rabinowitz and Raymond Rinn (March 6, 1998). "Westinghouse In `Monster' Mash: 5-4 Bailey Key As Julian And 6-9 Center Fall". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ Foltman, Bob (March 11, 1998). "Young, Richardson Crush Westinghouse". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ Chung, Jeanie (January 16, 1999). "Young falls to Bailey, No. 1 Westinghouse". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 84. 
  4. ^ Sakamoto, Bob (March 12, 1999). "This Semifinal Is All In The Family". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Chicago Sun-Times All-Public League team". Chicago Sun-Times. February 26, 1999. p. 123. 
  6. ^ a b Sakamoto, Bob (May 12, 1999). "Westinghouse Star Headed For Loyola". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Milbert, Neil (November 22, 1999). "Subs Rescue Loyola: Bailey, Parker Come Out Firing". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  8. ^ Milbert, Neil (February 11, 2000). "Bailey Bails Out Ramblers". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  9. ^ Jauss, Bill (November 14, 2000). "Bailey's Plan: Dish The Ball, Pass On Dunks: Fiery Guard Can Point Way For Ramblers". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b c "2010–11 Horizon League All-Sports Record Book" (PDF). Horizon League. p. 83. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  11. ^ Merkin, Scott (March 4, 2002). "Loyola, UIC play for it all". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  12. ^ Merkin, Scott (March 5, 2002). "City rivalry goes national". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  13. ^ Merkin, Scott (March 6, 2002). "UIC on way to NCAAs: Banks clinches OT victory with 4 seconds left: Illinois-chicago 76, Loyola 75". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Illinois Chicago 76, Loyola Chicago 75". CNN Sports Illustrated. March 5, 2002. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  15. ^ Foltman, Bob (March 14, 2002). "Sweet home-grown, Chicago: The area is filled with excellent basketball talent, and this all-star cast, led by guards David Bailey and Dwyane Wade, would be any coach's dream.". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  16. ^ "2010–11 Horizon League All-Sports Record Book" (PDF). Horizon League. p. 87. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  17. ^ "2010–11 Horizon League All-Sports Record Book" (PDF). Horizon League. p. 93. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  18. ^ "2010–11 Horizon League All-Sports Record Book" (PDF). Horizon League. p. 80. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  19. ^ a b Jauss, Bill (February 27, 2003). "Loyola's 5-8 Bailey, once thought too small, will end his college career as the Ramblers' third-leading scorer: David slays more giants". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Player David Bailey". Doudiz Basket. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Player David Bailey". Eesti Korvpalliliit. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  22. ^ "David Bailey #11 Guard". NBA.com. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  23. ^ Ginnetti, Toni (March 6, 2002). "Bailey family makes best of tough spot". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 132. 

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