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Ex-Cat Watch: Bayless serves as principal for a day at Memphis elementary school

Jerryd Bayless, who averaged 19.2 points as a freshman at Arizona in 2007-08, is starting to make his mark in Memphis

Jerryd Bayless, who averaged 19.2 points as a freshman at Arizona in 2007-08, is starting to make his mark in Memphis

Jerryd Bayless is not only earning more minutes with Memphis with Rudy Gay no longer around, but he is also gaining more popularity in that city.

The former Arizona guard recently served as the principal for the day at a Memphis elementary school.

Bayless visited classrooms and encouraged students to read regularly as they participate in the Read to Achieve Reading Challenge, which is a six-week program that encourages students to read at least six books in six weeks outside of the standard classroom curriculum.

After Gay was traded to Toronto on Jan. 31 as part of a six-player deal involving three teams.

Bayless’ scoring chances have increased with Gay gone. He is earning more playing time. He started playing more with Gay in the lineup. He averaged 22.4 minutes per game in January after playing only 16.6 in December.

Bayless has posted six or more assists four times in January after doing it only twice previously this season. He’s scored in double figures in four straight games after doing so three times previously this season.


Jamelle Horne’s Mexicali team trails the Xalapa Falcons 2-1 in the best-of-seven semifinal series of the National Professional Basketball League of Mexico. Horne missed Game 1 on Tuesday because of flu-like symptoms and responded with 17 points and 10 rebounds in the second game.

The fourth game of the series is tonight. Xalapa includes former UCLA forward Lorenzo Mata.

Updated Feb. 10
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a–Budinger is out until early March at the earliest with a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee.
b–Hill is out the remainder of the season with a hip injury
c–Frye is out this season because of an enlarged heart treatable with rest.

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a–Williams has been suspended six months by the Chinese Basketball League for failing a drug test
b–Wright goes by Ali Karadeniz, his Turkish name
Note–Mohamed Tangara (at UA from 2005-08) plays professionally in Angola but that league is out of season currently.

Site publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner


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