Marvin Bagley is headed to Duke.
The 6-foot-10 forward from Sierra Canyon High in Chatsworth, Calif., who had a final recruiting list of Duke, USC, UCLA, Kansas, Kentucky and Arizona, on Monday night committed to the Blue Devils on ESPN’s SportsCenter. He listed just three finalists on SportsCenter — Duke, USC and UCLA.
Bagley, the No. 1 prospect in the recruiting class of 2018 according to Rivals.com, said Monday he will enter the recruiting class of 2017 with plans on playing this season for the Blue Devils. He recently visited Duke, USC and UCLA, making his final decision without visiting the other three schools, including KU.
“I want to thank Danny Ferry and Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) for allowing me to wear retired (jersey) No. 35 at Duke University,” Bagley said on SportsCenter.
He said Duke had been recruiting him since his ninth-grade year of high school and he was impressed with the atmosphere surrounding the program on his campus visit.
Bagley is a certain one-and-done who is expected to be a top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. He was the Los Angeles Daily News Player of the Year after his junior season at Sierra Canyon, averaging 24.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.
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.”
ESPN’s Paul Biancardi, by the way, said Bagley would slide into the No. 1 spot in the class of 2017, dropping Missouri’s Porter to No. 2.
KU, which has one scholarship left to give for the coming season, is waiting on the decision of Mitchell Robinson, a 7-footer from Chalmette, La., who is expected to announce his future plans any day now.
Robinson visited KU on Friday and Saturday. He also visited LSU recently but reportedly is no longer being recruited by the Tigers.
Robinson started class at Western Kentucky this summer and practiced with the Hilltoppers, thus he will need a waiver from the NCAA in order to be able to play in games this season.