Second-year guard Josiah-Jordan James recently said, “I honestly think Victor Bailey is the best kept secret in all of college basketball.”
Before transferring to Tennessee, Baley played two seasons at Oregon. He averaged seven points in roughly 18 minutes per game. During his second season with the Ducks, Bailey shots 39.8 percent from the three-point line on 3.2 attempts per game.
The 3&OUT Crew loves Bailey’s game and have since the moment he transferred. Last season, a current player said, “Bailey was cold and one of the team’s best players.”
All Vol fans should be excited to see Bailey finally hit the court, fans should be equally excited to see what James can bring in his second season. James was one of the best freshmen 5-stars in college basketball. Before the recent signings of Jaden Springer and Keon Johnson, James was the fourth highest-rated prospect in Tennessee history.
I’ve heard a lot of people say, “James is a bust.” I’ve heard “as a 5-star, he should have scored more points” a lot.
To these people, I simply say you’re wrong. I broke down data from each 5-star. Below is the chart.
There are 28 5-stars, according to 247sports. 26 of those players played college basketball last season. If you look at the chart, there is a lot of green. Green means James outperformed that player in those specific categories.
Only two players finished the season with a higher three-point percentage than James. Vernon Carey and Matthew Hunt from Duke shot 38.1 and 39.3 percent from deep. James shot 36.7 from deep for the season, but he shot 42.6 (20-for-47) percent during SEC play.
Furthermore, only three players averaged more assist per game than James did. Because James is a 5-star, he will always catch criticism. It doesn’t help that he was hurt all season.
I’m not suggesting James will score 15 PPG next season. However, look for him to continue to stuff the stat sheet and improve as a leader.