Marvin Bagley III is one of, if not the Kentucky Wildcats’ top target in 2018...for now.
It appears Bagley could reclassify into 2017 and be on a college campus next season, or at least, that idea is being bantered about. But in an interview with D1 Vision’s Jacob Polacheck, Bagley said he’s not focusing on what class he’ll be part of.
“No,” Bagley said when asked about the possibility of reclassing. “I’m just worried about getting better. I’m not worried about reclassifying. I’m just taking it day by day. Whatever happens in the future happens.”
Bagley insists there's no favorite when it comes to the six schools he's considering, which features powerhouse programs like Kentucky, Arizona, Duke, Kansas and UCLA. USC is also in the mix as Bagley, who currently plays for Sierra Canyon in California, and he could stay on the west coast for his likely one year of college.
However, a report from The Los Angeles Times states that Bagley is uncertain to remain at Sierra Canyon for next season. He’s already transferred from playing high school ball in Arizona, so it’s hard to see him transferring again.
Perhaps this is another hint that Bagley won’t be in high school at all next season and instead on a college campus. After all, the reclassification chatter has been prevalent since the spring of 2016.
Bagley may have the credits to reclass and join a college team at some during the upcoming season, but all that he cares about right now is getting better.
“I love playing basketball,” Bagley said. “I love getting better, staying in the gym. It’s the best thing I like doing. So, I’m just enjoying the process, working hard, and elevating my game.
“I play hard every time I step on the court. That’s the one thing that takes me to the next level. That’s what keeps me going, so I try to lock in when I step on the floor and just play like it’s my last game. That’s my mindset going into games.”
Through the first three Nike EYBL sessions, Bagley is averaging 25.2 points, 14.9 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game. He’s the consensus top prospect in 2018, and he’d be at the top if he was to join the 2017 class.