No. 1 partisan Marvin Bagley III to reclassify to Class of ’17, play during Duke

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The biggest news in college basketball has come in August, typically one of a quietest recruiting months of a year.

The nation’s No. 1 high propagandize partisan Marvin Bagley III done his preference to reclassify adult to a Class of 2017 on Monday, that means he will immediately be a beginner in college basketball this season.

Along with his preference to reclassify, Bagley pronounced on SportsCenter that he will play during Duke for Hall of Fame manager Mike Krzyzewski.

“I would like to appreciate Danny Ferry and Coach K for permitting me to wear his late No. 35 during Duke University,” Bagley pronounced as he pulled a blue Duke jersey out of a bag on a SportsCenter set in Los Angeles. He was referring to a 1989 Naismith Award leader who played for a Blue Devils from 1985 by ’89.

Bagley Jr. pronounced Duke wasn’t a preference he done for his son, who recently took central visits to Duke, USC and UCLA.

“It wasn’t where we wanted him to go, it’s only where Marvin felt comfortable,” Bagley Jr. said. “You know, it was an intensely tough decision. Every propagandize had all lined adult perfect. But in a box like this, we only got to go with your heart. And that’s where his heart is, during Duke, in a Bull City in Durham.”

By selecting Duke, Bagley joins a six-man beginner category that includes 5 ESPN tip 100 prospects. The further of Bagley joined with a Blue Devils’ returning register now puts them in position to win a ACC regular-season pretension and creates them a legitimate Final Foul and inhabitant championship contender.

Bagley’s preference was felt in Las Vegas, too, where a contingency during a Westgate SuperBook for Duke winning subsequent season’s inhabitant championship softened from 7-1 to 3-1. Kentucky changed down from 7-1 to 8-1, Michigan State changed down from 8-1 to 10-1, and Kansas and Arizona changed down from 10-1 to 12-1.

The final time a No. 1 awaiting reclassified adult this late was Andre Drummond, who was scheduled to enter college in 2012. He committed to Connecticut in Aug 2011. He finished a year during UConn, heading a organisation in margin idea percentage, resilient and blocked shots. He afterwards entered a NBA breeze and was comparison ninth altogether in 2012 by a Detroit Pistons.

Bagley recently participated in a chosen Drew Summer League, where he played alongside James Harden and Chris Paul and competed opposite NBA talent. In a league’s All-Star Game, he available a double-double by scoring 18 points and grabbing 20 rebounds.

Bagley possesses definite talent and untapped intensity in a game. Left-handed and 6-foot-11, he demonstrates impassioned ability both on a interior and from a outside. He frequently available double-doubles and some triple-doubles.

Adding Bagley to a category that already includes scoring theorist Michael Porter Jr. and physically commanding large male DeAndre Ayton, as good as newly reclassified No. 24 Jontay Porter (Missouri), creates this a organisation to opposition final year’s category that boasted ancestral one-and-done breeze picks.

Bagley will now be a No. 1-ranked actor in a Class of 2017 and Duke will exaggerate a No. 1 class. In a past 4 years, Duke has landed a No. 1 category 3 times. Bagley is a Blue Devils’ third new No. 1 recruit, following Harry Giles (2016) and Jahlil Okafor (2014).

Prospect Zion Williamson now takes over a tip mark in 2018 until a rankings are updated a week of Aug. 21.


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