April 11, 2012
Bail ready to sign with Tech
Texas Tech is expected the No. 115 best recruit in the nation Wednesday.
Wanaah Bail -- legally known as Wanaah-Ans K. Bail -- is the nation's No. 28 best high school power forward, according to Rivals.com, said he would fax in his National Letter of Intent along with Rosenberg (Texas) Lamar Consolidated High School teammate Michael Carey Wednesday evening and they will become the latest additions to a recruiting class that is expected to consists of seven new players.
"It's a great school," Bail said Wednesday morning. "Great coaches, great staff. I went on a visit and they have a great atmosphere. I just love it down there and I am excited to get to work.
"Talking to coach Billy Gillispie and Chris Walker and all the other guys up there on the coaching staff, they made me feel like I was at home. Everyone associated with the team seems like mentors and the teammates seem like brothers. I feel like I can become the best player I can with that staff. We can work hard and do big things and I can take a step to the next level after I earn my degree."
Bail was a dominating figure on a Lamar Consolidated team that made it to the fourth round of the Texas high school basketball playoffs before falling to state power Houston Yates. He averaged 18.5 points per game and experts think he can achieve better stats in college once he gets in a college weight room.
With more strength, Bail's shooting will become more consistent and that's huge because the forward was extremely effective from as far away as the 3-point line in high school on a day when everything clicked.
As it stands now, Bail has the vertical to make athletic dunks and can make shots from within the paint all day.
Defensively, Bail has the size to be a pain right around the bucket and has an uncanny ability to bat lane drivers out of the sky when they come in for a high percentage shot.
And the 6-foot-8, 205-pounder said he's versatile enough to play power forward or the small forward position.
"I feel like I can bring a variety of things," Bail said. "I want to say I'm a four, but I can play the three. It's hard to describe my game because I can do so many things good and a few things great.
"I just feel like I can come in and make an impact right away like with rebounding and blocking shots."
There have been concerns Bail would not qualify academically, but Bail assured us those concerns have been put to rest.
"I am academically qualified at this point," he said. "That shouldn't be an issue at all."
The Class of 2012 seems more like the year of the teammates as four of the seven signees have played with each other in the past.
As mentioned, Bail played high school ball with Carey and Aaron Ross, who also signed Wednesday, and early signee Dusty Hannahs played together at Little Rock (Ark.) Pulaski Academy before Ross graduated last year and played at a prep school this past season.
Bail said going to the same school as Carey was important to him.
"We're both going to make the transition to the next stage together," Bail said. "We've got each other and we've had each other for the last four years so we're going to take this next step together. Going with him should make things more comfortable and the adjustment to college life won't be as difficult.
"I know we're both excited to get there and help Texas Tech."
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