HARROGATE, Tenn. — Lincoln Memorial University men’s hoops alum Vincent Bailey (Jennings, Fla.) lit up the German Pro-A league in his first professional season, and that dazzling debut has earned the former South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year a nice promotion, as he has signed a contract with Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket out of the French Pro-B league, it was announced via EuroBasket.com.
“I am really happy for and proud of Vinnie,” said LMU head men’s basketball coach Josh Schertz. “He’s earned this second contract through his commitment and his passion. He’s evolved into a highly professional, highly motivated young man. He doesn’t need any external motivation whatsoever. He’s very special in that regard. When you combine his ability to self motivate along with his talent, toughness and competitiveness, I expect Vinnie to have a long, successful career in professional basketball.”
A 2014 LMU graduate, Bailey spent the 2014-15 campaign – his first as a professional – with SC Rasta Vechta, averaging 13.4 points, six rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in 25 appearances. The 6-7 power forward shot 53.8 percent from the field and was twice recognized as the German Pro-A Player of the Month. Bailey was voted to the All-German Pro-A second team at the conclusion of the regular season.
Situated in the southeast corner of France just a short distance from the Italian and Swiss borders, Bailey’s new club, Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket, is stationed in Aix-les-Bains, France, locally known as Aix. Once regarded as a popular vacation destination for the rich and wealthy for its world-renowned thermal baths, Aix is home to nearly 30,000 residents according to the most recent census.
Bailey will be looked upon to produce immediately for Maurienne, who finished 17th out of 18 teams in last season’s Pro-B standings with a 12-22 overall record.
A four-time All-SAC selection, Bailey is undoubtedly one of the most accomplished players in the over 100-year history of the LMU men’s basketball program. He is the all-time leader in career field goal percentage with a 60.8 percent mark. He is also ranked in the top 10 in career field goals made (627), rebounds (799), blocked shots (82), minutes played (2,451) and points (1,522).
During his tenure with the Blue and Gray, the Railsplitters compiled a 106-18 record, which stood as the winningest four-year stretch in program and SAC history until this past season’s senior class surpassed that mark. The Railsplitters won three SAC regular season titles and two tournament championships in Bailey’s illustrious career.
Bailey’s senior season (2013-14) is in the conversation for the greatest individual season in program history, as he received South Atlantic Conference and Daktronics Southeast Region Player of the Year laurels. Bailey culminated his season by being recognized as a First Team All-American by both Daktronics and Division II Bulletin, becoming the program’s first player in the NCAA era to earn First Team All-American honors. That season, Bailey averaged 21.5 points and 10 rebounds per game while leading the Railsplitters to a 28-3 record and the SAC regular season and tournament championships.
Fans can follow Bailey and Aix-Maurienne via www.EuroBasket.com, the World Wide Web’s most comprehensive source for European hoops.