CU Signs Kailah Bailey To NLI
BOULDER - Kailah Bailey has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball and continue her education at the University of Colorado in 2009-10, CU head coach Kathy McConnell-Miller announced Thursday, during the NCAA signing period.
Bailey, a 6-0 power forward from Omaha, Neb., was listed as the 9th best available unsigned player for 2009 according to the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report. The report also ranks her as the 31st best power forward in the nation. She received honorable mention to the 2007 Nebraska Class A All-State team as a sophomore for Omaha Central High School. Bailey was injured early in her junior season and did not play basketball as a senior in 2009. A versatile athlete, Bailey also excelled on the track for the Eagles. She was a state qualifier in the high jump, 200 meters and the 400-meter relay in 2007 and set the school record in the high jump at 5-3. (First name pronounced: Kay-luh)
"Kailah is the perfect fit for Colorado basketball," McConnell-Miller said. "She brings athleticism, finesse and a rebounding mentality that fills an immediate need for our program. Kailah is an outstanding student-athlete, and an even better young woman. Kailah's addition makes the 2009 recruiting class even better."
Bailey is the fifth player in CU's Class of 2009, joining Janeesa "Chucky" Jeffery, a 5-10 guard from Colorado Springs (Sierra High School), Brenna Malcolm-Peck, a 6-2 forward from Boulder (Horizon), Meagan Malcolm-Peck, a 6-2 forward from Boulder (Horizon) and Melissa MacFarlane, a 6-7 center from Omaha (Millard North).
"This is a class of impact," McConnell-Miller said of her 2009 class whose three Colorado signees are the largest contingent from the state to come to CU since 1997. "This is a great indication of the direction of our program is headed to be able to keep the best Colorado players home. Chucky, Meagan, Brenna, Melissa and Kailah can come in and immediately make a difference."