Bailey Dee to play basketball at St. Louis school

Bailey Dee to play basketball at St. Louis school

Senior Bailey Dee, who didn't make Champaign Central's boys' basketball team after starting the previous two seasons, is heading to St. Louis (Mo.) Christian Academy to continue his prep hoops career.

An All-Area second-team selection last season, Dee is at the center of an administrative review after Maroons coach Jeff Finke cut the point guard from the team last week.

On Friday morning, Dee retweeted a tweet from the St. Louis Christian Academy boys' basketball account which read: "Excited to Welcome 2018G Bailey Dee to the family. Allstate player in Illinois last season primed for a breakout year!"

Dee, under the aforementioned @expose_him22 handle, replied in a retweet: "Thank you to SLCA for excepting (sic) me to play my senior year. Thank you to the whole community that supported me through this hard time. Gameday."

That last word could indicate Dee is suiting up tonight for the Cougars in a neutral-site game against La Lumiere (Ind.).

Dee was unavailable to comment Friday, and neither SLCA coach Casey Autenrieth nor Central athletic director John Woods could be reached for comment.

During an appearance Thursday on WDWS 1400-AM, Unit 4 school board President Chris Kloeppel said there was no resolution to the school's dispute with Dee. However, on Friday, Unit 4 released the following statement:

"While we are saddened by some of the comments that were made in recent days, we are also appreciative of those who respectfully requested we look closely into our processes. As we wish the student at the center of this discussion well in the future, the District is still committed to doing all we can to prevent an unfortunate situation like this from developing in the future. Over the coming weeks and months, we will continue to review our systems and make them better moving forward. We will certainly consider all that's been shared with us as part of this process."

Dee averaged 14.5 points per game last season for a 19-10 Maroons squad which won its second consecutive Class 3A regional title. That would have ranked second among returning Central athletes behind senior Tim Finke's 19.5 ppg.

Dee and his father, Leroy, were both silent at Monday's school board meeting. But the younger Dee received ample support at Mellon Administrative Center, with some wearing "Let Bailey Play" T-shirts and others speaking in his favor.

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uhs1980 wrote on November 17, 2017 at 12:11 pm

Dee will be better off transferring than staying here and playing for a man without ethics or morals and can't coach. Good Luck Dee and sorry you had to cross paths with this man.

Hankster63 wrote on November 17, 2017 at 3:11 pm

Please fire this “coach” immediately. 

BruckJr wrote on November 17, 2017 at 3:11 pm

Good for Dee.  Go make your family proud.

T2 wrote on November 17, 2017 at 3:11 pm

Glad Bailey is getting the chance he deserves. Saddened it can't be in his home town in front of the local community. I'm sure it will be a far better place for him to be than here at Central, as clearly Finke (and AD Woods, it appears) neither one were willing to do the right thing for this young man. Bailey's transfer should not be the end of this issue. Unit 4 still needs to address the obvious character (and process) issues at Central. Bailey isn't the first student to be horrifically mistreated by Central athletics and won't be the last if the expectations for the coaches and AD doesn't change. 

Shoot lights out Bailey and make all your dreams come true!!  Don't let CHS define you. Let your play speak for itself!  

counselor wrote on November 21, 2017 at 10:11 am

what actually happened here?

are both parties at fault?

tell me how this developed at central.