From the top college recruit in 2018 to the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft? That may just happen for Marvin Bagley III.
In an announcement that aired late Monday on ESPN, Bagley picked the Blue Devils, more than adding to the treasure trove of talent heading to Durham, N.C., this fall. Bagley, a 6-foot-11 Arizona native who played this season for Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, Calif., made official visits to Duke, USC and UCLA.
Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski has now landed five top-100 recruits, including three other five-star prospects in Trevon Duval, Wendell Carter and Gary Trent Jr. With Grayson Allen returning for his senior season, the Blue Devils are the favorites to win the national title next year, which would be Krzyzewski’s sixth championship. It’s the second year in a row and third in the past four that he has brought in the nation’s top recruit, following Jahlil Okafor (2014) and Harry Giles (2016).
Duke moves from 7-1 to 3-1 to win the national title after the Marvin Bagley III announcement.
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Bagley praised the atmosphere of “brotherhood” that “Coach K preached” to him and his family during his campus visit. “You know, I just had a good feeling there ever since they first offered me a scholarship in ninth grade,” he said.
“I’ve always liked Duke. It’s a special place. And you have to be special to be a part of it. So I’m just blessed.”
Bagley, whose father is a Durham native, played for three high schools in four years, following stints at two Arizona academies. Originally a member of the class of 2018, he decided last month to apply for reclassification to play in college this year, and the NCAA could take weeks, if not months, to make a ruling.\