These Are 8th Graders?! Big East commit Amari Bailey v Jaylen Drane. Intense Round 1!
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Amari Bailey is an 8th grade basketball player from Chicago.
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He’s known nationally for his scoring ability and skills. Before entering his 8th grade year, Amari Bailey committed to play college basketball at DePaul in the Big East. This shows how highly young Amari is regarded. Amari and his Skinner Elementary teammates (Grades 7-8) faced off against the city’s top middle school team Ariel at Whitney Young High School’s Best of the Best Tournament. This matchup took place in the semis and featured Amari Bailey versus the city’s other most-touted guard Jaylen Drane. Drane and Bailey were teammates on Meanstreets (AAU) over the summer. They played 13U and 15U occasionally. Ariel is probably Chicago’s most talented and deepest team.
In Chicago these team play a lot of games each season (50?!) so look for Ariel and Skinner to get a rematch at the Chicago Elite Classic at UIC (on a college court)!
Lastly, on a random note, yes that was Amari Bailey and his mom Johanna you saw on the reality show “Bringing Up Ballers.”
Check out these raw highlights featuring Amari Bailey and Skinner Elementary vs Jaylen Drane, Jalen Griffith and Ariel at Chicago Whitney Young High School!
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