2002-03 (Senior): Marcus Bailey enters his senior season as a preseason All-American as selected by the John R. Wooden Award Committee. Bailey is one of only 50 players nationally to be named to the Wooden Award Preseason All-America Team. Other preseason honors he received include: Athlon ranking him as the No. 7 best shooter in the country, being ranked by Basketball News as the No. 12 best "Slasher" in the nation, being ranked by Lindy's as the No. 16 best small forward in the country, The Sporting News naming him the "Most Versatile" player in the Mountain West Conference and Street & Smith selected him as the MWC player with the "Best Instincts." Bailey will begin his senior season ranked No. 16 on the UW Career Scoring list with 1,216 career points. He has a 13.2 career scoring average. He should move into the UW Top 10 in career scoring before his career is over. Bailey will be looking to become a three-time All-Conference performer this season, and he will battle with UNLV senior Dalron Johnson for the Mountain West Conference career scoring mark. Bailey is only 10 points behind Johnson as they begin their senior seasons. One of the most consistent scorers in UW history, Bailey scored in double figures in 27 of 31 games as a junior, including the last 11 consecutive. He has scored in double figures in 64 of 92 career games. When it mattered most, Bailey played his best. In the final six games of the season -- the final two regular-season games, two MWC Tournament games and two NCAA Tournament games -- Bailey averaged 20.3 points per game. He averaged 14.6 points for the season. Much more than a scorer, he will end his Wyoming career ranked in the Top 10 in school history in assists, steals, three-point shooting and free-throw shooting.
2001-02 (Junior): Bailey helped lead the Wyoming Cowboys to Wyoming's second consecutive Mountain West Conference title in the 2001-02 season -- Wyoming's first outright conference title since the 1981-82 season (Wyoming shared the title in 2000-01 with BYU and Utah). UW advanced to the Second Round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament, defeating then No. 6 ranked Gonzaga by a score of 73-66 in the First Round, before losing to then No. 7 ranked Arizona, 60-68, in the Second Round. Along the way, Bailey was named First Team All-Mountain West Conference for the second consecutive season. He also earned All-District 8 honors from the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) for the second consecutive season. He led the Pokes in scoring for the second straight year, averaging 14.6 points per game as a junior. In the regular-season finale against Utah, Wyoming held a two-point lead with four seconds remaining and the Utes bringing the ball in bounds. Bailey stole the inbounds pass and after being fouled hit two free throws to clinch the victory and the regular-season MWC crown. In the Mountain West Conference Tournament, Bailey shined as he scored 29 points in an opening round victory over Air Force, and then followed that up with a 31-point performance in a second round loss to San Diego State. Bailey earned All-Tournament honors for his two games. In the NCAA Tournament, Bailey contributed 13 points in the win over Gonzaga, and led UW with 17 versus Arizona.
2000-01 (Sophomore): As a sophomore, Marcus Bailey made his mark in the Mountain West Conference. Bailey earned First Team All-MWC honors from conference media and coaches. He was a First Team All-District 8 selection as named by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) named him a Second Team All-District 13 honoree. He improved his scoring average from 7.8 points per game as a freshman to 17.4 points per game as a sophomore to lead the MWC. But it wasn't only in scoring that Bailey made his mark. The sophomore from Cheyenne, Wyo., ranked in the Top 20 in the MWC in seven different statistical categories. Bailey ranked No. 18 in rebounding (4.1 rpg), No. 3 in free-throw percentage (.853), No. 6 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.75 assists for every 1.00 turnover), No. 8 in assists (3.20 apg), No. 10 in steals (1.20 spg) and No. 11 in field-goal percentage (.470). He scored 30 or more points twice as a sophomore -- 34 at UNLV on March 3, 2001, and 33 against Utah in Laramie on Jan. 20, 2001. Bailey scored 20 or more points in 12 games as a sophomore, and scored in double figures in 25 of 30 games during the season.
1999-2000 (Freshman): Bailey was expected to be an immediate contributor in the Wyoming system, but no one knew how big a contribution he would make as a true freshman. He averaged 7.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, while starting the last 26 games of the season. He led the Cowboys in field-goal percentage (.515), ranked fourth in rebounding (3.4 rpg) and sixth in scoring (7.8 ppg). Bailey also earned Academic All-Conference honors, achieving a 3.18 cumulative grade-point average. He scored a career high 19 points on Feb. 14, 2000, in helping lead Wyoming to a 99-93 road win in "The Pit" over New Mexico. Bailey pulled down a career high eight rebounds on two occasions -- versus Utah and Colorado State. At the Hawaii Pacific Classic, Bailey showed the first signs of what was to come his freshman season. He scored 15 points vs. Hawaii Pacific, 18 points vs. LSU and 12 vs. Southwest Missouri State. During his first season, he scored in double figures in 12 of 31 games.
High School/Personal: Bailey led Cheyenne East High School to a 22-3 record and a third-place finish in the 1999 Wyoming State Tournament. Cheyenne East also posted a perfect 10-0 conference record in `99 under the direction of head coach Dale Ward. The 1999 Class 4A Player of the Year, Bailey led the state in scoring his senior season, averaging 28.4 points per game. He made 53 percent of his three-point field goals, 56 percent overall from the field and 77 percent from the free-throw line. Bailey pulled down 6.4 rebounds per game, handed out 2.7 assists per contest and averaged 3.1 steals.
His father, Henry Bailey, lettered in basketball at UW from 1972-74, and his uncle, Craig Shanor, lettered for the Cowboys from 1974-76. Marcus wears the same number, 44, as his uncle Craig did while playing for the Cowboys. Another uncle, Tom Shanor, played football for the Pokes.
Born June 16, 1981, Marcus is the son of Sandy and Henry Bailey. He was also recruited by BYU, Colorado, UC-Santa Barbara and Santa Clara. He has two older brothers, Jeff and Brian; three younger brothers, Doug, Andy and Aaron; and one younger sister, Katie. He is majoring in economics.