NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Marvin Bagley Jr. was quick to respond when told of reports that his son, the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2018, might reclassify into 2017 and play college basketball next season.
“Hey, ask the guy who started the rumor, they know more than what I can tell you,” Bagley Jr. told FanRagSports.com following his Nike Phamily’s victory over the NY Lightning, in which 6-foot-11 Marvin Bagley III went off for 30 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks in front of Kentucky’s John Calipari and Kenny Payne, UCLA’s Steve Alford and Duke’s Jon Scheyer, among others.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, Kansas’ Bill Self, Arizona’s Sean Miller and USC’s Andy Enfield all saw Bagley here this week, too.
Asked again if reclassifying was something they are considering, Bagley Jr., said: “You should probably ask CBS Sports; it seems like they know more than I know. That’s my answer, ask CBS Sports.”
If Bagley, a rising senior at Sierra Canyon (Calif.) High School who has been compared to a young Amare’ Stoudemire, were to reclassify into 2017, he would be eligible for the 2018 NBA Draft, where he could potentially challenge incoming Missouri freshman Michael Porter Jr., incoming Arizona freshman DeAndre Ayton and incoming Texas freshman Mohamed Bamba for the No. 1 pick in 2018.
One NBA executive said he doesn’t think Bagley would supplant the 6-foot-10 Porter Jr. as the presumptive No. 1 pick in 2018.
“Not today,” the executive said. “My guys tell me Porter is still 1.”
Meanwhile, Bagley has scheduled several upcoming college visits, including one to Duke after the Peach Jam.
“We’re just going to visit Duke when we leave here,” Bagley Jr. said. “Then we got a couple of others when we get back to California.”
Speaking of the Duke visit, Bagley III said on Thursday: “I’m excited about it. And I can’t wait.”
He will then visit Southern Cal and Arizona.
“USC is the 26th and 27th [of July], and Arizona is the first week in August,” Bagley Jr. said.
“The Duke visit was completely geographical and we can drive, and we chose those three because we can drive to all of them,” he added. “And then we’ll get UCLA after, and then Kentucky and Kansas. We plan to visit them all. We’re going to try to get them in the best way we can.”
He said “all of them” want the first visit.
“It’s just what’s convenient for us right now,” he added. “That’s no disrespect to any school. There’s no favorite; that’s why they’re all in the top six.”
The younger Bagley did not address the reclassification reports on Friday, but he spoke with the media on Thursday.
“I just want to get better,” Bagley said. “You can have the talent, but I want to grow as a person. I want to be around great people and be in an environment that’s helping me to grow. I’m excited about this college thing, man, wherever I go.”
Adam Zagoria is a basketball insider who has run ZAGSBLOG.com since 2006. He is a college basketball contributor for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the co-host of The Four Quarters Podcast via VSporto.com, which is available via iTunes. Zagoria is also a contributor to The New York Times. He currently lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.