July 2, 2010

Bailey bounces back from injuries

Last year may not have been gone the way that Elgin Bailey planned or even wanted.

The Mississippi State center missed most of the season recovering from a severely dislocated ankle and just when he was nearing 100-percent suffered a knee injury that required even more surgery. But Bailey has bounced back and has used his time away from the court to mature as a person.

"I've grown a lot and learned a lot," Bailey said. "I've matured more this year so it has helped me grow as a man and as a person."

The 6-foot-8 standout is back weight training with his teammates in Starkville this summer and will begin working on his footwork when the second summer term begins on Wednesday.

"Summer is going well," Bailey said. "This is my time to build with my ankle and my knee and try to get both of them strong at the same time. My knee is holding up real good. I'll begin working on my agility and stuff in July and from there I'll be released in August."

After averaging just 1.7 points and 1.5 rebounds as a freshman in 2007-08, the New Orleans native was becoming a solid contributor late in the year as a sophomore backing up Jarvis Varnado down low. Bailey ended the 2008-09 season scoring 3.9 points a game as well as pulling down 2.4 boards.

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