St. Mary’s HS Lady Gael Kadaja Bailey ’18 Signs National Letter of Intent

St. Mary’s HS Lady Gael Kadaja Bailey ’18 Signs National Letter of Intent

St. Mary’s High School is pleased to announce that Kadaja Bailey, Class of 2018 has officially committed to St. John’s University in Jamaica, Queens to play on their women’s basketball team next season. At a special gathering held in Immaculata Hall on November 14, Kadaja signed her letter of intent with family, friends, and coaches surrounding her while her teammates looked on from the small crowd gathered in the gymnasium to witness her long-awaited decision to become a part of the St. John’s family.

In a statement released by St. John’s University, women’s basketball Coach Joe Tartamella noted that, “Kadaja is one of the most gifted athletes we have recruited in my time here at St. John’s. She is a true scorer with great length at the guard position. We have watched her since her days as a camper, and her growth has been exciting to watch. She has a bright future ahead, and we are all excited to officially welcome her to our program.”

Athletic Director, Mike Ryan started off the ceremony by welcoming all those in attendance and remarked, “It is with all sincerity that I say this, “Kadaja has grown a lot in her time at St. Mary’s High School. Her career blossomed here, and I am sure she is not done yet.” Mr. Ryan went on to remind Kadaja and her teammates that, “it’s not all about basketball. Nothing will be accomplished without hard work in all areas of your college careers.”

Lady Gaels Coach Kevin White took the floor and spoke about his pride of Kadaja. “Upon her arrival to the school, Kadaja helped lay the foundation for the Gaels and helped bring the team to where they are today.” In addition, “she has proven her growth academically, physically and socially and is an example for her peers. She was focused on St. John’s right from the start and has shown tremendous loyalty to Coach Tartamella by honoring her commitment even after multiple other universities approached her with offers. This action is representative of not only Kadaja but her family as well,” said Coach White.

A Long Beach native, Bailey came to St. Mary’s as a sophomore and brought her already impressive skills to new heights. Among her many accolades on the court, the 6-foot student-athlete has scored over 1,500 points in her high school career, averaged 19.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game as a junior, which garnered her a position on Newsday’s All-Long Island Team. She is a Street & Smith Honorable Mention All-American and is a candidate for the 2018 McDonald’s All-American Team. Kadaja enters her senior season as a four-star recruit who is the No. 32 ranked player and the sixth-ranked wing in the class of 2018 according to the Prospect Nation website. She has also been nominated for Miss New York State Basketball 2018.