Top-ranked class of 2018 recruit Marvin Bagley III potentially shifted the landscape of the upcoming college basketball season by announcing Monday on ESPN that he’s committed to Duke.
Bagley was deciding between Duke, UCLA, USC and Arizona, as the Sierra Canyon High School (Chatsworth, Calif.) product is ranked as the top class of 2018 recruit by most major recruiting services.
But his commitment could have a profound impact on the upcoming college basketball season. There’s a chance he may reclassify and has already filed paperwork to move into the class of 2017 while the NCAA has yet to render a decision.
Duke’s class of 2017 already touts 5-star recruits, point guard Trevon Duval, forward Wendell Carter and guard Gary Carter Jr., along with 4-star recruits in guard Alex O’Connell, forward Jordan Tucker and guard Jordan Goldwire. The team lost Jayson Tatum, Luke Kennard, Frank Jackosn and Harry Giles to this year’s NBA Draft, and Matt Jones to graduation, but will return a starter in Grayson Allen.
According to Jeff Sherman of Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, Duke went from 7/1 to 3/1 favorites to win the 2018 National Championship.
Having reclassified to join the 2017 class, the 6-foot-10 power wing prospect now joins Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr. and others as the top prospects for the 2018 NBA Draft.
Bagley most recently visited UCLA before making his decision and had also visited Duke and USC this month. He also had a scheduled visit with Arizona, but it was eventually canceled.
Bagley grabbed headlines in July while participating in the Drew League. He locked down Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee, forcing the NBA veteran into a shot clock violation. Bagley began his high school career in Tempe, Ariz., and then transferred to a high school in Phoenix before landing at Sierra Canyon in January. He was forced to sit out the season, though, due to California Interscholastic Federation transfer regulations.