Where Are They Now?
Xavier basketball is more popular now than ever, but the program has always attracted a litany of talented and touted players. Some have gone on to the professional ranks; others have simply gone on. As this year’s season gets underway, we tracked down some former players to find out what they’ve been doing in the years since they left campus. Here we check in with Dexter Bailey. You can find links to other profiles at the bottom of the page.
DEXTER BAILEY '84
An impact player during his Musketeer days, Dexter Bailey is now making another kind of impact—helping match workers with companies that need their services. And the journey has taken some unexpected turns. A high school star in suburban Cincinnati, Bailey arrived at the University in 1980 during a rebuilding period. “The first year we didn’t win many games,” he recalls. “The second year I think we won only eight. My junior year we turned it around and went to the NCAA Tournament.”
A small forward, Bailey scored 1,139 points at Xavier and was drafted by the Denver Nuggets of the NBA. But he didn’t make the team and, after a period of reflection, decided to join former teammate Jeff Jenkins playing in South America. For the next 11 seasons, he played for Sunchales in Santa Fe, Argentina. During the off-seasons, he played in Chile.
But by the mid-1990s Bailey was looking for a career change. He started working for a staffing franchise, moving up through the ranks and eventually becoming president. He and his wife now have four offices in Greater Cincinnati and are in the process of breaking away to start their own company, ASD Staffing.
“I embrace the future,” Bailey says. “It’s exciting. We provide jobs for the community and help companies get their products out.”