By Tom Robinson
SCRANTON – Logan Bailey’s production keeps increasing as he proceeds through his first season of college basketball.
The JB Hoops alum and redshirt freshman from Scranton Prep has taken over as the leading scorer at the University of Scranton, which is 13-2 and has spent part of the season in the national top 25 among National College Athletic Association Division III teams.
Bailey is the latest University of Scranton Athlete of the Week after enjoying two big games in which he averaged 29.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals.
The 6-foot-4 guard/forward had career-highs of 35 points and 11 rebounds Jan. 9 in an 80-67 loss at Moravian.
Then, in Saturday’s NEPABasketball.com/WQMY TV Channel 53 telecast, he led Scranton’s 71-63 victory over Catholic University with 24 points and 8 rebounds. He was also part of an impressive interior passing game with five assists as the Royals bounced back from suffering their first two losses of the season in succession.
“We rally around each other,” Bailey said.
After missing all of last season for reconstructive knee surgery from an injury suffered between his graduation from Scranton Prep and the start of college, Bailey made it into the young Scranton starting lineup from the first game.
Bailey averaged 13.6 points in November and 14.8 in December. He is averaging 23 points in four January games to push his season average to 16.6, best on the team and second-best in the Landmark Conference.
“He’s slippery and he has abilities a lot of kids don’t have on this level,” Scranton coach Carl Danzig said.
Bailey is second in the Landmark in field goal percentage at 58.3 and is also in the top 10 in rebounds (5.6) an steals (1.6).
During January, Bailey is clicking at 62.3 percent from the floor and 75.0 percent from the line.