ESPN No. 1 ranked high school senior and Duke commit Marvin Bagley, who had reclassified to the 2017 class, has been academically cleared by the NCAA to play for the Blue Devils this season.
“From the outset of this process, we were optimistic that it would end with the NCAA Eligibility Center certifying Marvin to compete for Duke University in 2017-18,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said via a statement. “We are thrilled for Marvin and the Bagley family. Their organization and efficiency were key to the successful conclusion of the certification process, as were the efforts of our Duke Athletics administration.”
To qualify for the 2017 class, Bagley – who had attended three high schools – completed classes online this summer, according to CBS Sports.
Bagley, a 6-11 forward, averaged 24.6 points and 10.1 rebounds on 66 percent shooting this season for Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, CA), leading the team to a 27-3 record.
He also had an outstanding spring, averaging a whopping 25.8 points, 14.9 rebounds, and 3.7 blocks in the Nike EYBL for Phoenix Phamily.
Then Bagley dominated against pros and college players in the Drew League this summer, pouring in 32 points for his LA United team against the Home Town Favorites, and notching a monster 18-point, 20-rebound double-double against Seattle.
“[He’s] maybe the best prospect since Anthony Davis,” said ESPN’s Jeff Borzello.
Scout’s Evan Daniels loves Bagley’s game.
“Bagley is a scorer with impressive versatility for a 6-foot-11 power forward,” wrote Daniels. “It’s clear that the game comes easy to him and it almost appears effortless when he dominates the competition.”
“Bagley has a bag full of tricks, including touch shots, running hooks and other impressive post moves,” Daniels added.
Formerly the nation’s No. 1 ranked high school junior, Marvin Bagley reclassified to the 2017 class in August and bumped senior Michael Porter to take the top spot in the 2017 rankings.
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