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Back In The Mitten: Bailey III Comes Home To Hoop For ’23 Season, Eyes Mr. BBall

By: SCOTT BURNSTEIN, October 31, 2022, 12:11 pm

The fallout from the Kanye West “cancellation” firestorm has resulted in a Mr. Basketball candidate returning home to Metro Detroit for his senior year.

Chuck Bailey III, who played at Birmingham Groves as a freshman before heading west and scorching the competition in Arizona and then the prep-school circuit for West’s Donda Academy in Simi Valley, California, left Donda Academy earlier this week in the wake of the controversy. Donda Academy closed its doors on Thursday. Where “CBIII” will enroll is still up in the air, but he will have immediate eligibility.

Bailey’s dad played at the University of Michigan and U-D Mercy in the 2000s. The hard-nosed and explosive 6-foot-4 CBIII holds offers from TCU, Tulane, New Mexico, UNLV and Loyola Marymount. He averaged 32 points per game at Higley High School in the Phoenix area during his sophomore campaign.

A Chicago native and one of the most prolific musical and fashion talents of his generation, West  is under fire for a series of antisemitic remarks he made on social media and in a string of media appearances after Paris Fashion Week. Over the past two weeks, he lost several mega-money corporate business partnerships that have reportedly significantly sliced into his net worth. West opened Donda Academy in 2021 and named it after his deceased mother.

Birmingham Brother Rice’s Curtis Williams (Louisville), U-D Jesuit’s Sonny Wilson (Toledo), Warren De La Salle’s Mike Sulaka (Western Michigan), Grand Rapids Catholic Central’s Kaden Brown (Wright State),  Grand Blanc point guard RJ Taylor (Northern Iowa), Ecorse’s Malik Olafioye and Port Huron Northern’s Tyler Jamison are the early frontrunners right now for Mr. Basketball. Bailey’s arrival, no matter where he lands to suit up in 2023, definitely stirs the pot in the race for the prestigious title.