Bayless playing for the Raptors.
|No. - Memphis Grizzlies|
|Shooting guard / Point guard|
|Born:||August 20, 1988|
|Listed height:||6 ft 3 in|
|Listed weight:||200 lbs|
|NBA Draft:||2008; Round: 1 / Pick: 11th|
|Selected by the Indiana Pacers|
|2008-2010||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2010||New Orleans Hornets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Jerryd Bayless at NBA.com|
Jerryd Bayless (born August 20, 1988, in Phoenix, Arizona) is an American professional basketball player at Shooting guard / Point guard, currenlty playing in the NBA for the Toronto Raptors. He was selected 11th in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers, then traded to the New Orleans Hornets along with Ike Diogu in exchange for the rights to Brandon Rush (13th pick), Jarrett Jack, and Josh McRoberts. He played a year of college basketball for the Arizona Wildcats after playing high school basketball at St. Mary's High School in Phoenix.
Arizona Decommit Controversy
After verbally committing to the University of Arizona basketball team early in his high school career Jerryd Bayless withdrew his commitment in June 2006. During the summer of 2006 Bayless was heavily recruited by both Texas (The University of Texas at Austin) and the University of Washington, whose head coach Lorenzo Romar was also coaching the USA U18 team of which Bayless was apart. On August 17 2006 Bayless's high school coach sent out a press release stating that in fact Bayless was going to recommit to Arizona. Bayless did sign a letter of intent to go to Arizona on November 8th 2006 and is currently freshman there. The controversy of these actions arose as many University of Arizona fans felt that Bayless had decommited for the purpose of increased media attention and felt that University of Arizona should withdraw Bayless's scholarship offer.
He Also went to a small highschool in Central Phoenix named St. Mary's. where he led them to 4 play-off apperences and twice to the state championship game. Both lost.
In the 2008 NBA Draft, the Portland Trail Blazers acquired the rights to Bayless (the 11th pick) along with Ike Diogu from Indiana in exchange for the draft rights to 13th pick Brandon Rush along with Jarrett Jack and Josh McRoberts. The deal was completed on June 26, 2008, but was not announced until July 9, 2008. Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard stated "Bayless will make our backcourt more athletic. He's a proven scorer and a tenacious competitor." On July 20, 2008, Jerryd Bayless was added to the USA Select Team. At the 2008 NBA Vegas Summer League, he earned the Most Valuable Player Award after leading the league in scoring at 29.8 points per game and leading the Trail Blazers to a record of 3 wins and 2 losses.
Honors and Awards
- Named to the 2007 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team
- Named to the 2006 USA Men's U18 National Team which went on to win a bronze medal in the FIBA World Championship.
- Four-time Arizona Republic All-Arizona team selection (2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007).
- Ranked as the No. 9 overall recruit and the No. 2 shooting guard by both Scout.com and Rivals.com.
|Derrick Rose | Michael Beasley | O.J. Mayo | Russell Westbrook | Kevin Love | Danilo Gallinari | Eric Gordon | Joe Alexander | D.J. Augustin | Brook Lopez | Jerryd Bayless | Jason Thompson | Brandon Rush | Anthony Randolph | Robin Lopez | Marreese Speights | Roy Hibbert | JaVale McGee | J.J. Hickson | Alexis Ajinça | Ryan Anderson | Courtney Lee | Kosta Koufos | Serge Ibaka | Nicolas Batum | George Hill | Darrell Arthur | Donté Greene | D.J. White | J.R. Giddens|