Fresno State freshman Isaiah Bailey, the highest-rated player in the Bulldogs’ 2014 men’s basketball recruiting class, has been dismissed from the team due to violations of athletic department policy.
“He’s a guy that we were counting on and could have helped us, but unfortunately he made a couple of bad choices that can’t be tolerated,” coach Rodney Terry said in confirming that Bailey is no longer in the program.
No other details about what led to Bailey’s dismissal were available.
The 6-foot-6 wing injured his left wrist in a preseason scrimmage and had yet to play for the 4-8 Bulldogs, who host St. Katherine College on Sunday at the Save Mart Center in their final non-conference game before opening Mountain West Conference play.
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Bailey was a four-star recruit out of Compton High, had scholarship offers from Pac-12 programs Oregon State and Washington State as well as San Diego State and UNLV from the Mountain West and was expected to play his way onto the floor this season. One recruiting service had Bailey ranked as the sixth-best wing in California and No. 11 in the West in the class of 2014.
With Bailey no longer in the program, the Bulldogs’ backcourt depth takes another hit. Fresno State, which opened preseason practice with depth at the point with Cezar Guerrero, Marvelle Harris, Emmanuel Owootoah and JC transfer Darnell Taylor and at the two with Harris, Texas transfer Julien Lewis, Taylor and Bailey, is well short of that just two months later.
The Bulldogs, who open conference play on New Year’s Eve at New Mexico, are awaiting word whether Guerrero will regain his eligibility after sitting out the fall semester for not meeting NCAA continuing eligibility requirements. And Owootoah did not play in a Dec. 20 loss at Pacific due to a concussion.