NCAA deems Duke’s Marvin Bagley III eligible

In this Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, file photo, Sierra Canyon's Marvin Bagley III #35 warms up against La Lumiere during a high school basketball game at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, MA. Bagley III, a top high school prospect, has committed to Duke and reclassified for the 2017-18, immediately making the Blue Devils a top national-title contender this season. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File )
AP Photo/Gregory Payan

The Duke Blue Devils are already off and running in regards to the 2017-18 college basketball season. According to an official statement released by the heralded ACC program on Friday afternoon, the NCAA has deemed Duke freshman big man Marvin Bagley III as eligible to play in 2017-18 after he previously reclassified from the 2018 recruiting class.

“Duke University freshman Marvin Bagley III was officially certified to compete by the NCAA Eligibility Center on Friday,” reads the school’s official statement regarding the matter.

“The consensus No. 1 player in the high school class of 2018 before reclassifying to the class of 2017 and assuming the same position atop the player rankings, Bagley III signed a financial aid agreement with Duke on Aug. 15.”

With Bagley III now officially on board ahead of the upcoming 2017-18 campaign, it appears as though the always dangerous Blue Devils have become the favorite to win it all this time around.

“From the outset of this process, we were optimistic that it would end with the NCAA Eligibility Center certifying Marvin to compete for Duke University in 2017-18,” said Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. “We are thrilled for Marvin and the Bagley family. Their organization and efficiency were key to the successful conclusion of the certification process, as were the efforts of our Duke Athletics administration.”

It is also worth noting that the up-and-coming Bagley III recently averaged 25.8 points, 14.9 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game for the Nike Phamily at the EYBL this summer.

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