HARTSVILLE, S.C. — After leading the sixth-ranked Railsplitters to the South Atlantic Conference regular season and tournament championships, senior Vincent Bailey has added another title to a bulging resume that includes SAC Player of the Year. Region officials announced on Thursday that Bailey is the Daktronics Southeast Region Player.
Bailey is the Railsplitters’ third Daktronics All-Southeast Region selection since 2010 as Desmond Johnson was named to the first team and D’Mario Curry was placed on the second team following the 2010-11 campaign. He is the school’s first Southeast Region Player of the Year.
Bailey has been the key piece of what has been another banner season for the Railsplitters (27-2), as he carried the program to its second consecutive and third total outright SAC regular-season title in the Josh Schertz era. The SAC Championship All-Tournament selection also paced the Railsplitters to the program’s second tournament title in four years and fourth straight NCAA Tournament berth. The Railsplitters are also on the cusp of another landmark as a win in Saturday’s NCAA Southeast Regional quarterfinal would give Lincoln Memorial the SAC single-season record for wins.
In his career-defining senior campaign, Bailey has racked up historic numbers. The Jennings, Fla., product is averaging 21.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per game on 61.4 percent shooting, accumulating 15 double-doubles while shooting 72 percent from the free-throw line. He has added 23 blocks and 20 steals to his overall stat ledger while playing a shade under 30 minutes per game. Bailey is one of only four players in the country who averaged at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per contest this season, and he is the only one out of that group still playing.
Bailey is among the national Division II leaders in a variety of categories, ranking first in total field goals with 253, 12th in double-doubles, 14th in rebounds per game, 15th in total rebounds with 292, 18th in points per game and 21st in field-goal percentage.
By reaching double-figures in all 29 games this season, Bailey has scored double-digit points in 41 consecutive games dating back to Feb. 9, 2013. Bailey has crossed the 20-point threshold 19 times during the 2013-14 campaign with three 30-point outbursts. The Centennial High School graduate has also grabbed at least nine rebounds in 19 games.
For a player who will be remembered fondly as one of the best to ever don a Railsplitter uniform, Bailey’s senior season aptly is among the most impressive individual campaigns in school history. Among single-season school ranks, Bailey is fourth in defensive rebound average, fifth in total defensive rebounds, sixth in field-goal percentage, eighth in points, ninth in scoring average and 11th in field-goals made.
Those single-season achievements are a garnish for one of the most prolific careers in the history of the men’s basketball program. Bailey is first in school history in field-goal percentage with a 60.6 percent mark, third in defensive rebounds with 549, fourth in field goals with 614, fifth in rebounds with 781, seventh in offensive rebounds with 232, seventh in blocked shots with 80 and 11th in points with 1,481. He is 21 points away from passing Steve Marsee for 10th all time.
Alongside his individual accolades, the Railsplitters have accumulated the winningest four-year stretch in South Atlantic Conference history during Bailey’s tenure. Since Bailey, and senior Chance Jones arrived for the 2010-11 campaign, Lincoln Memorial has compiled a 105-17 mark. During that time, Bailey has been named All-South Atlantic Conference four times.
Bailey and the Railsplitters are headed to Aiken, S.C., for the 2014 NCAA Southeast Regional. They’ll take on Carson-Newman in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. with the winner advancing to Sunday’s semifinal against the winner of No.3 Montevallo and No.6 Georgia Southwestern.
Here’s the complete All-Southeast Region Team:
Vincent Bailey, Lincoln Memorial
Chandler Hash, Anderson (S.C.)
Antoine Davis, Carson-Newman
Troran Brown, Montevallo
Roderick Perkins, Erskine
Ishmael Hollis, North Georgia
PJ Foster, Limestone
Ronald Zimmerman, USC Aiken
Evrik Gary, Francis Marion
Ish Sanders, Carson-Newman
Chris Flemming, Barton