Marvin Bagley III has the ability to be the NBA’s next great superstar. Bagley was considered the number one high school prospect for the 2018 recruiting class, but he recently reclassified to the class of 2017 and is still among the top players in the 2017 recruiting class as well. Bagley was able to graduate high school early and will play with Duke this upcoming year. The NCAA will still need to look over Bagley’s credits and make sure he is eligible and set to play for the Blue Devils next season. All signs point to that being the case though and the hope is that Bagley will wear a Blue Devils jersey this season. Duke recently updated their basketball roster online with Bagley listed on the roster.
He has shown star potential in his time on the basketball court at just 18 years of age. The great thing about Bagley is that he has already played some high level basketball, and against some high level talent. He attended three different high schools and played year round basketball on his AAU team. According to Duke’s website, Bagley averaged 25.8 points, 14.9 rebounds, and 3.1 blocks per game on the Nike Phamily team on the EYBL circuit, which is a Phoenix based AAU program.
Bagley was successful at all three of his different high schools. His freshman season at Corona Del Sol High School in Arizona gave him a great start when he was named player of the year by the Arizona Republic and led the team to a state championship. Bagley also posted great numbers last year at Sierra Canyon High School in California, averaging 24.9 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per game. Bagley was named to a USA Today All-USA first team selection and also earned the 2017 Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of California. So Bagley clearly has incredible stats and has shown he can play exceptionally in a few different states, but what makes him so special?
Bagley is a 6’11” 225 power forward who can pretty much do it all when on the court. He has great explosiveness and has the ability to drive by defenders and score at the rim. He also possesses a pretty good mid-range jump shot and the ability to step out and make the three from time to time. Another thing Bagley does well is that he’s a problem on the defensive end of the court. A shot blocking specialist, he contests every shot within arms length. This mixtape shows all the great elements of Bagley’s game and gives you a sense of what to expect at Duke this season.
The video shows all of the great parts of Bagley’s game like passing, scoring, shot blocking ability, and explosiveness at the rim. Since Bagley’s game is so well rounded, it’ll be important to polish all aspects of it during his time at Duke. College basketball will certainly be near the top of the competition Bagley has faced and that level of competition will only help improve his game. He has a body already built for the NBA and has played against some incredible competition that has given him the ability to grow as a player. Having a season at Duke can do nothing but help Bagley, but he has the talent to step in right now and play in the NBA.
Bagley recently teamed up with James Harden and Chris Paul at the Drew League and showcased some pretty good skills against established NBA players. Here’s Bagley showcasing his defensive ability when matched up against JaVale McGee:
Bagley stays in front of McGee and forces a 24 second violation, great defense against an NBA player. Bagley showed off great explosiveness and cutting ability at the Drew League and showed NBA players that they need to look out when he enters the league. Bagley has such a high basketball IQ which will allow him to fit with any team and any style in the NBA. Bagley has the ability to be the first overall pick in next year’s draft and will likely have to battle with Missouri freshman Michael Porter Jr. as to who will get drafted #1. The two actually played against each other this past season:
Both definitely have a strong case to be the first pick, but I’ll take Bagley right now. He has played on plenty of teams during the last few years, what with changing high schools, playing AAU ball, and even playing in the Drew League. He has already been around the block and is only eighteen years of age. Being at such a good basketball school in Duke and having the chance to win a national title this upcoming season will hopefully help Bagley’s chances come 2018 draft season.
Teams like the Magic, Hawks, Bulls, and the Nets seem to be the most likely candidates to hold a high lottery pick next season. With the recent Cavs-Celtics trade the Cavs now hold the Nets pick, which could be a crown jewel pick for them depending on how the Nets perform next season. Say the pick lands in the top three and possibly at number one for the Cavs, they’re going to take Bagley or Michael Porter Jr. Will that be enough to keep LeBron in Cleveland? If they re-sign Isaiah Thomas and land the number one pick in 2018 I see it hard and almost impossible for LeBron to leave. A guy like Bagley can be the guy that gets the Cavs over the Warriors, but LeBron may still decide to leave.
Well, Bagley sets the Cavs up for the future, or any team who is lucky to win the lottery and get the first pick. Bagley immediately becomes the face of the franchise (unless it’s the Cavs and LeBron stays) and it seems like he has no problem playing in the spotlight. The 2018 draft is just wishful thinking as of now, but what we know for a fact is that Bagley’s name will be mentioned plenty of times throughout the college basketball season and leading up to the draft. Let’s leave this article on this quote from Bobby Eghbail’s article on drew league.com, this is who Marvin Bagley is and this is the guy that is going to put basketball fans on notice at Duke and in the NBA in 2018.
“A winner and a champion,” Bagley III summed up. “When it’s all said and done I want to be mentioned in the conversation when they talk about one of the greatest players ever, or even the greatest player. That’s something I work for and with the hard work I put in, if I trust God, I really believe that at one point I’ll be up there.”