The Duke basketball program picked up a massive addition Monday night with the commitment of Marvin Bagley.
Not only are the Blue Devils getting the player many regard as the best high school prospect in the country, they’ll also be getting him immediately as Bagley is reclassifying from 2018 to this year’s incoming 2017 class.
He made the announcement on Monday night during Sportscenter on ESPN.
Bagley has been one of the biggest stories in recruiting over the past couple months as reports emerged that he was considering reclassifying from the class of 2018 to this year’s class.
He was the favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, and this move now makes him a potential No. 1 pick for the 2018 NBA Draft, which is widely viewed to be the principle motivation behind his decision to reclassify.
At 6’11”, 220 pounds, Bagley is an elite power forward with length, athleticism, and immense skill. He plays his high school basketball at Sierra Canyon in California and was also dominant in the Nike EYBL this summer, averaging over 25 points and 15 rebounds per game.
His commitment now makes the Blue Devils one of the early favorites for the 2018 Final Four.
He selected Duke over USC and UCLA.
Duke also now has the luxury of an incredibly talented frontcourt, which will feature some combination of Bagley, Wendell Carter and Marques Bolden. It will be interesting to see how Mike Krzyzewski utilizes so much talent in the coming season.
The following video showcases some of Bagley’s talent.