Marvin Bagley has committed to Duke to play for Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils. Bagley announced the decision Monday night, and he’s also attempting to reclassify into the 2017 class.
The 6-11 power forward from Arizona has it all: mobility, athleticism, scoring ability and ball-handling skills. On the Nike summer circuit, Bagley averaged 25.8 points, 14.9 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game, slightly better marks than what he put up in high school this past year: 24.6 points and 10.1 rebounds.
Bagley was far and away the best recruit in the 2018 class. Even R.J. Barrett changing classes couldn’t impact his No. 1 ranking, as he’s a player that coaches believe can change an entire program. His change to 2017 (if it happens) won’t impact him much; he’s still going to be a program-changing talent. Now he’ll just make a more immediate impact.
If he joins the class of 2017, he’ll join five-star forward Wendell Carter and 6’11” Marques Bolden at Duke, and he’ll be given a great shot at a National Championship in his one college season.
The chances of him ever going to Kentucky were slim. He never made a visit to Lexington. In fact, he only made three visits: Duke, USC and UCLA.
It’s still not certain if Bagley will be allowed to reclassify to 2017, although it’s looking more and more likely. The 6’11” forward wants to get to the 2018 NBA Draft, and that reclassification is the only thing standing in his way.