Time and time again, we’re remind that one of, if not the best way to flip a recruitment upside down is through family.
Family is how Michael Porter Jr., 2017’s top recruit, ended up at Missouri to play with his father, an assistant coach on the staff. It’s how the highly-touted Lawson brothers ended up at Memphis, where their dad was director of player personnel.
So you’ll have to forgive Andy Enfield for attempting to use family to pry a game-changing player like Marvin Bagley III from the likes of Duke and Kentucky. That’s exactly what the USC head coach did Thursday when he offered not one, but both of Bagley’s younger brothers:
Brilliant PR move by Andy Enfield offering all 3 Bagley boys on Marvin's USC visit pic.twitter.com/aeZpPWwFOu— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) July 28, 2017
It’s a bit understandable to offer Marcus Bagley, a 6-6 small forward in the Class of 2020 at Sierra Canyon. However, the real issue with this is offering Martray Bagley, who is seven years old.
This is a tactic only a school like USC would be willing to do with an elite recruit. It’s not happening at Kentucky with John Calipari or Duke with Mike Krzyzewski. But if Enfield and USC are willing to do so, that’s their prerogative.
The good news for Kentucky is, according to Adam Zagoria, Bagley still hopes to visit UCLA, Kentucky and Kansas. However, Zagoria adds that, “several coaches involved in his recruitment told ZAGSBLOG at the Peach Jam and the Under Armour All-American Camp that Duke has to be considered the favorite at this point.”
As the days roll on, it continues to look more and more like Bagley will spend his brief college career somewhere other than Lexington.