Marvin Bagley, the No. 1 prospect in the recruiting Class of 2018 who reportedly has filed paperwork to reclassify to the Class of 2017 so he can play college basketball this season, will announce his college choice on Monday’s 10 p.m. ESPN SportsCenter, the network’s Jeff Goodman wrote on Twitter on Sunday night.
Kansas appears to be out of the race for the 6-foot-10 forward from Sierra Canyon High in Chatsworth, Calif., considering he recently visited Duke, USC and UCLA and has not visited his other finalists — Kansas, Kentucky and Arizona.
If Bagley attends college this school year, he will be eligible to enter the 2018 NBA Draft as a player one year removed from high school.
CBSsports.com’s Gary Parrish recently offered this take on Bagley: “Sources told CBS Sports it’s not about playing college basketball this season as much as it’s about becoming eligible for the 2018 NBA Draft. To be clear, he wants to play college basketball this season. It’s his goal. But as long as Bagley graduates early, he’ll be eligible for the 2018 NBA Draft regardless of whether the NCAA clears him for freshman eligibility. And, if eligible for the 2018 NBA Draft, Bagley would likely shoot to the top of most NBA franchises’ big boards — ahead of Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr., Arizona’s DeAndre Ayton and EuroLeague star Luka Doncic.”
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Some analysts have said Duke may be the leader for Bagley.
“He hasn’t told us anything. We’re in the dark,” one coach recruiting Bagley told CBSsports.com’s Parrish on Sunday.
KU not on Shittu’s list of 10
Simi Shittu, a 6-8 senior forward from Vermont Academy in Saxton River, Vt., who is ranked No. 10 in the recruiting Class of 2018 by Rivals.com, on Sunday tweeted his list of 10 finalists. KU, which at one time was listed as a possibility, was not included. He will choose from a group that includes Kentucky, South Carolina, Arizona, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oregon, Vanderbilt, New Mexico, Arizona State and UConn.
What’s up with Robinson?
All was quiet on the Mitchell Robinson front as of 8:30 p.m. Sunday.
Robinson, a 7-foot McDonald’s All-American out of Chalmette (La.) High School who is ranked No. 8 in the recruiting Class of 2017 by Rivals.com, completed a two-day campus visit to Kansas on Saturday.
As of Sunday night he had not commented on his visit or his plans.
Late Friday night he tweeted, “Kansas is nice.”
Robinson recently was released from his letter-of-intent at Western Kentucky after attending class and practicing with the Hilltoppers for two weeks in July but electing to leave the school on July 27.
He visited LSU last week, but the Tigers reportedly dropped him as a recruit on Friday, ostensibly because they feel he will not be eligible this season.
Because Robinson participated in summer practices with WKU’s team, which was preparing for a summer trip to Costa Rica, he would have to receive a waiver from the NCAA in order to play for another Div. I team without having to sit out a season.
Many believe it would be a longshot for Robinson to claim that waiver because he started a summer class at WKU.
Robinson’s appeal for a waiver would likely be based on the fact he signed with WKU primarily because of his relationship with his godfather, former North Carolina player Shammond Williams, a former WKU assistant coach who left his post with the Hilltoppers on July 3. Robinson, however, did not leave campus until July 27, well after Williams had left the program.
If Robinson elects to attend KU without an NCAA waiver, he would be allowed to practice but not play in games until 2018-19. He’s expected to be a top 10 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.