By Tom Robinson
SCRANTON – Logan Bailey is quickly making up for lost time.
The JB Hoops alum and Scranton Prep graduate was forced to sit out his entire freshman year at college, but is making an immediate impact as a redshirt freshman at the University of Scranton where he is a starter on the men’s basketball team that has won its first four game.
Bailey suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee between the completion of high school and the start of college. Once the seriousness of the injury was determined, he underwent reconstructive surgery Oct. 5, 2017 and went through the rigorous rehabilitation work necessary to return to the court for the first time in June.
“When I’m out there playing, I don’t really think about it much,” said Bailey, who first expected to be able to return to the court after weeks of resting his knee.
Working his way back while starting and playing 27.5 minutes per game, Bailey is the team leader in steals while ranking second in rebounds and third in both points and assists for a Scranton team that has scored at least 82 points in every game while putting up four straight double-figures victory margins.
“He sat out all last year and just got healthy at the beginning of July, so he’s still trying to find his legs,” Scranton coach Carl Danzig said.
As he did while leading Scranton Prep to multiple titles, Bailey has shown a leaping ability and quickness that allows him to combine an effective mid-range game with the ability to float and soar to the basket.
Bailey said he faces more of a need to get his feel for the flow of a game back than he does any physical limitations.
“I don’t think I lost too much athleticism,” Bailey said. “It’s really just decision-making and stuff, getting used to the speed of the game, especially going from high school to college.”
With that in mind, Bailey hopes to become an even bigger part of Scranton’s hopes of returning to national prominence behind a young lineup as it bounces back from missing the playoffs for the first time in 14 years.
“I know I can do more for the team,” Bailey said.
He is already doing plenty.
Bailey is the team’s most accurate shooter among the starters, going 25-for-42 for 59.5 percent. He averages 14.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.3 steals.
At Scranton Prep, Bailey was a third-team Class 4A all-state selection as a senior. He led the Cavaliers to three straight District 2 Class 4A and Lackawanna League Division 1 championships.
Bailey is one of two JB Hoops alums who continue family histories at the University of Scranton.
Logan’s father, Todd, was the point guard and team captain on Scranton’s 1983 national championship team and is part of the school’s Wall of Fame.
Jackson Danzig, the coach’s son, is another freshman who comes to the Royals with a history of winning. An first-team, all-state performer on Abington Heights’ Class 5A state championship team last season, he follows older brothers Ross and Ethan in playing for the team.
The 6-foot-5 guard leads the team with 5.5 assists and 1.3 blocked shots per game while also averaging 10 points and 5.5 rebounds from his point guard position.