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Brendan Bailey, Son Of Former Jazz Forward Thurl, To Forgo Two Years Of Eligibility, Pursue Pro Career

Brendan Bailey #1 of the Marquette Golden Eagles attempts a shot while being guarded by Bryce Nze #10 of the Butler Bulldogs in the first half at the Fiserv Forum on February 09, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Marquette Golden Eagles forward Brendan Bailey, son of former Utah Jazz forward Thurl Bailey, announced his decision to forgo his final two years of collegiate eligibility and pursue a professional basketball career.

In April, the former American Fork High School product entered his name into the pool of players for the 2020 NBA Draft.

On Friday, May 22, the Marquette sophomore made the decision to leave the Golden Eagles program for good.

“These past two years at Marquette have been incredible. I would like to say thank you to my coaches, teammates and the entire Marquette community.  You have helped me in so many ways and have given me two of the best years of my life,” Bailey said in a Marquette basketball statement. “After counseling with my family, I have decided to forgo my junior and senior years and pursue a career in professional basketball. This has always been a dream of mine and Marquette has helped prepare me to make this dream a reality.  Thank you Marquette, you will always have a special place in my heart.”

Bailey’s coach at Marquette wished the sophomore well on his decision.

“We wish Brendan the best of luck and are supportive of his decision to take the next step in his basketball career to the professional level,” said Marquette men’s basketball head coach Steve Wojciechowski. “We are thankful for his contributions to our program the last two seasons and will do all we can to assist him with the process.  His best basketball is ahead of him and we can’t wait to see where his journey takes him next.”

Bailey joined Marquette in 2018-19 after completing a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The aspiring pro appeared in 64 games for the Golden Eagles during his two seasons in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Bailey averaged 5.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest.