Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Dean-Bailey Verbals to Mount Holyoke

Yvonne Dean-Bailey (Northwood, NH) attended Portsmouth Christian Academy her freshman and sophomore year and Coe-Brown Northwood Academy as a junior. But she found a home at Phillips Exeter Academy, and after transferring their 2 years ago to repeat her junior year and reclassify to the Class of 2014, she continued to thrive in the classroom while at the same time taking her game on the basketball court to new levels.

Now Dean-Bailey has made her college choice, as the 5-foot-9 wing player will be attending and playing basketball at Mount Holyoke College. Mount Holyoke is considered one of the top 25 liberal arts schools in the country. It is an all-female institution located in Massachusetts. Mount Holyoke is a Division III program that competes in the NEWMAC.

"I was mainly looking at Emerson, Simmons, Wellesley and Mount Holyoke" Dean-Bailey told the NH Notebook. "But ultimately I chose Mount Holyoke because it is a great school. The campus is gorgeous and they have a great political science program, which is what I would like to major in and the girls on the team are really great. Mount Holyoke is also a fantastic school academically and I knew I wanted to go somewhere that I knew I would be challenged."

Dean Bailey took many factors into consideration when making her decision.

"The size of the school is just big enough and rigorous enough for competition (which suits me well since I'm so competitive!), but small enough for some peace and quiet!" explained Dean-Bailey. "Mount Holyoke is also part of the Five College Consortium which allows students to take classes within the other surrounding colleges which is great to be a part of. Although it is a women's college there is plenty of room for the traditional college experience."

Mount Holyoke made the NEWMAC title game this past winter. Look for Dean-Bailey to compete for minutes out on the wing, and stretch the floor with her ability to shoot the basketball from the outside. She can shoot off the dribble or the catch, she's an underrated passer and has greatly improved her overall court awareness basketball I.Q. and quickness. She has definitely improved a lot since her transfer to Exeter.

"Exeter was the best thing that has ever happened to me" Dean-Bailey pointed out. "It helped me immensely with my confidence both athletically and academically. Athletically I was able to play against some of the best players in the Northeast and I was fortunate enough to be a part of a team that was able to pull out a conference championship this year! Academically, Exeter taught me how to really learn. Exeter also has provided me with amazing experiences including an internship in DC, where I am now - that so far has been completely life challenging."

Attending Phillips Exeter has set Dean-Bailey up nicely for college and beyond. She certainly has a bright future, on the court and off.

"In all aspects of my life Exeter has pushed me to push myself" Dean Bailey concluded. "I've always been extremely competitive, however I didn't realize how to be competitive with myself - and I think that's the biggest thing I've taken from Exeter. I now know there is always something I can be working on whether it be the arc on my jump shot or fine tuning my literary voice. It was a pleasure to play at Exeter these past two years and I look forward to a new four years at Mount Holyoke.​"

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