Who is Marvin Bagley III?Marvin Bagley

Another kid tagged to play professional basketball by the time he was a freshman in high school, Marvin Bagley has surprised the world of basketball by applying for reclassification after only three years of high school. Bagley attended, and played, at three different schools, one in California and two in Arizona, in addition to completing online courses in order to move up on the roster and get to college ball early.

Now, he is being hailed as the “crown jewel” of the NBA 2018 Draft.

According to Bagley, Legendary Duke Coach Krzyzweski visited him when he was just a freshman, and has been actively recruiting him ever since. It is no surprise, as Coach K comes to win. Duke is slated to win the National Title next year, which would make this Krzyzweski’s tenth title.

Bagley, at 6’ 11’ and 220 pounds, is a top recruit to help Duke, and Coach K, get what they want.

What makes Bagley so great?

Yes, he’s got height, and his weight is well-distributed for the position he plays, power forward, but all eyes are on Bagley for more than just his physical appearance. Power forward needs to be able to command the entire court. He has the size of a center, typically the biggest guy on the team, but also moves and shoots like a point guard.

Bagley is ideal for this position. Sports Illustrated, among others, praises him as a triple threat, bringing “fluidity, length, and athletic ability” to the table. With this combination he seems unstoppable, and at this point, he is outranking his peers, and looks, for Duke, to be the best man selected.

Of course it will only help him over the next year to be playing at Duke, one of the historically best college basketball teams.

The Potential Downside

While it seems like the perfect life has been laid out for Bagley, there are disadvantages. Bagley is young, barely 18, and now must have a dynamic year at Duke without injury. He has surely already been contacted by Pro teams and the pressure is on.

The reason the NBA outlined its requirement, starting ten years ago, for players to have at least one year of college before being considered for the draft is largely due to a maturity issue. They purportedly want players to have a bit more experience playing on a top team, getting some miles under them. But that just adds pressure of another kind; Bagley spent three years pushing to get to college early.

Last year’s Bagley was Lonzo Ball, a top recruit in the 2017 draft after a year of dramatic headlines, many involving his spotlight loving father. Lonzo now plays for the Los Angeles Lakers and is slated to have a powerful rookie year.

Can Bagley bag a Pro team like Lonzo? Almost certainly, but it can be tough to survive in the league.

 

Aron James is the founder of StubblePatrol.com.  Stubble Patrol is a site on male grooming. He loves to write about his personal experiences.

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