Ace Bailey will play in an NBA arena like this one in the future.

Ace Bailey is the Best Player in the Nation

        At the Hoopseen Tipoff Classic in Suwanee this past March, we witnessed Dylan Harper teaming up with Airious “Ace” Bailey for a few games with AOT. Watching the two highest-ranked players in the country play on the same court was memorable. The atmosphere at the Suwanee Sports Academy was electric as they battled Game Elite 3SSB, Nightrydas Elite EYBL, and Georgia Stars EYBL. To this day, I have never witnessed that many fans watching a weekend of AAU games.

        On Saturday, AOT faced Game Elite 3SSB in their first game of the day. This matchup featured several of the top players in the nation. While watching this game in late March, a few things became clear to me. First, Dylan Harper is a phenomenal player who will have a long career playing professional basketball. Secondly, Ace Bailey has made his case for being the best overall prospect in the Class of 2024. Here are the highlights from AOT vs Game Elite, presented by popular YouTuber HoopDiamonds.

Ace Bailey Bio

        Airious Bailey was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on August 13, 2006. The small forward is listed at 6’8″ and 210 pounds, but some insiders state that Bailey has grown to 6’10.” He started this summer ranked in the top ten of all of the significant prospect ranking sites. Nevertheless, he rose significantly in the rankings over the summer. As of July 2023, most recruiting databases have Bailey rated the second-best national prospect in the Class of 2024. He is widely regarded as the best wing player in the nation. Moreover, Ace Bailey is the consensus number-one basketball prospect in Georgia.


        Ace Bailey is an elite wing prospect who impacts the game in many different ways. He possesses the size, length, and skill set to excel at the next level. Bailey’s skillset resembles a starting NBA wing player in the making. Bailey is a dynamic and powerful athlete who uses his explosiveness to finish above the rim. His outside shooting and touch are excellent. Moreover, he moves well without the ball and excels at using his length to shoot over defenders.

        Furthermore, Airious Bailey plays the game extremely hard and never complains or flops. He hustles the entire game and never gives up on a play, regardless of the situation. Additionally, Bailey appears to be a team-first player with a positive yet ultra-competitive attitude. Another impressive aspect of Bailey’s game is his ability to defend both on the perimeter and in the paint. Along with his explosiveness, he is strong for his size, making it harder for other players to be physical when playing against him.

AAU & High School Basketball

        Ace Bailey scored at will on the AAU circuit this summer while playing for AOT. He has a bottomless bag and has been dominant offensively. Moreover, he is an underrated passer who often sets up his teammates when slashing to the rim. In addition, Bailey impacts the game far more than just scoring. He is an elite 1-on-1 defender who can challenge explosive athletes above the rim while in help defense. In the open court, Bailey effortlessly puts on a show with his package of highlight dunks.

        Ace Bailey attends and plays basketball for McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Georgia. McEachern basketball went 23-7 with an 8-0 region record his junior season. In a matchup against South Cobb early in the season, Bailey scored a 34-point triple-double in only three quarters. McEachern had a good run in the 2023 GHSA basketball playoffs. After winning fifteen straight games, they were defeated 79-71 by the eventual GHSA 7A State Champion Wheeler High School.

The Future for Ace Bailey

        Bailey committed to play for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights following a home victory against Ohio State in January. The Rutgers basketball recruiting department has done a remarkable job in the 2024 cycle. Bailey’s commitment marked a milestone for the program, as he is the highest-ranked recruit ever to commit to Rutgers University. Ace Bailey has the potential to be a one-and-done prospect and one of the top picks in the 2025 NBA Draft.

As the AAU season and the 3SSB and EYBL circuits end, we will continue to do player features on our basketball prospects page.

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