Dailey reclassify despite over 20 offers

October 2, 2015

By David Mariotti

After a summer of standout AAU play landed Maishe Dailey 20 Division I offers, the Beachwood senior has decided to reclassify for the class of 2017, with intentions of enrolling inprep school next year.

Though the 6-foot-6 guard says this plan is in place, he’s not exactly sure where he’ll play to start the 2016 season.

“I don’t have a time frame on a decision yet,” Dailey said. “Right now I’m just gathering information on a few schools.”

Schools have been gathering information on him as well. 

Entering the summer with zero Division I offers, Dailey remained confident in his ability to play at the next level andknew he had something left to prove.

“I felt kind of nervous knowing that this would be my last chance to get a D I offer,” Dailey said. “I was a little nervous, but I knew that I had a couple Division I schools following me. They said they’d come see me play.”

Following his productive play at an AAU tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C. in early July, Dailey picked up his first offer from High Point on July 10. 

Since then, he has received offers from Robert Morris, Bryant, Winthrop, Akron, Eastern Michigan, Illinois State, Rider, Toledo, Youngstown State, George Mason, Loyola (Ill), Delaware, Western Michigan, Ohio University, Northern Iowa, UTEP, Buffalo, Duquesne and Northeastern.

College coaches are drawn to his length, high-basketball IQ and ability to score. The flood of offers in such a short time framehas motivated Dailey even more.

“It was overwhelming at times but I liked it,” Dailey said. “It feels good to be wanted.”

There could be more offers on the way.

“I took an unofficial visit to Michigan this past Sunday,” Dailey said. 

Even with the attention Dailey’s summer play has garnered and his plans to reclassify, he’s focused on his senior season at Beachwood. 

“It’s either state championship or bust,” Dailey said. 

His lofty expectations for this season have been years in the making. 

“Our whole varsity team is seniors and we’ve been talking about winning a state championship since sixth grade,” Dailey said. “We’ve been together since then. We feel like we have the right pieces in place to win a state championship this year.”

The Bison finished the 2014-15 season at 19-6 after a district final loss to Villa-Angela-St. Joseph.

Dailey feels the Bison will build on last season. He also believes they improved in the offseason with the addition of senior point guard Desmond Crosby, a transfer from Cleveland Central Catholic.

“We have another piece added,” Dailey said. “It will be toughness and chemistry with all of our players now. It’s just going to be a matter of how fast we can get the chemistry going.”

He’ll also have to avoid the types of injuries that sidelined himduring last season. In February, Dailey sustained a stress fracture in his foot. In April, he broke his right wrist. But thosesetbacks have strengthened Dailey’s mental and physical approach.

“The injuries have been tough to deal with mentally,” Dailey said. “It just seemed like one happened after the other. I just have to be patient with my body and not rush anything. I’m doing a lot of stretching and yoga lately.”

With Dailey having yet to select a prep school and no time frame on a college decision, he does have an idea as to where he’ll spend his last summer playing on the AAU circuit.

“I think I’m going to play with OBC [Ohio Basketball Club].” Dailey said. 

 

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