Jasmine Bailey Signs Pro Contract to Play in Romania|
Aug. 31, 2012
CHICAGO – Former UIC women’s basketball player and 2012 graduate Jasmine Bailey signed a contract to play professional basketball in Romania. Bailey will play for the Division-A Sepsi Sic Sfantu Gheorghe team that will compete against 16 other squads for the Romanian Cup.
“I’m really excited but also a little nervous because I’ve never been out of the country before,” said Bailey. “It’s going to be different but a great experience from what I hear.”
The St. Louis, Mo., native, finished her Flames career as the third-highest scorer and rebounder in program history and was named first-team all-Horizon League in her senior season. She piloted UIC its second-best win total in school annals with an 18-13 record, averaging 17.7 points and 9.7 boards per game in 2011-12.
Bailey has spent the last week preparing her new career and leaves for Romania on Saturday. Her first preseason game is scheduled for Sept. 23.
“I’ve been spending a lot of time with family and friends and getting in a few last workouts,” said Bailey. “It was such a long process and then you get the call and have to leave right away.”
Bailey will be teamed up with four other athletes who played college basketball in the United States, including Tabytha Wampler (New Mexico St.), Jaleshia Roberson (Missouri St.), Regina Rogers (UCLA) and Jence Rhoads (Vanderbilt).
“That is a very big relief knowing they will be there,” said Bailey. “If I was the only American I would probably feel a little left out.”