Published: Wed, August 16, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Top prospect Marvin Bagley chooses Duke, wants to play this season

Top prospect Marvin Bagley chooses Duke, wants to play this season

His addition to the class makes Duke a legitimate national title contender, as they were a year ago.

Marvin Bagley III is going to Duke. That would allow him to enroll in college immediately and be eligible for the 2017-18 season.

Bagley, a 6-11 forward, announced his commitment to Duke and his intention to reclassify to the Class of 2017 on Monday. Offensively, the reel displays a reel of highlight dunks and alley-oops (0:01, 0:09 0:34), crafty layups (0:13, 0:15), and three pointer range (0:17, 0:30, 0:36).

By choosing Duke, he joins a six-man freshman class that includes five ESPN top 100 prospects, which is likely to make Duke's group the top-ranked recruiting class in the nation.

Bagley's reclassification still needs to be approved by the NCAA.

The ramifications of Marvin Bagley's decision to play this season changes the landscape of basketball. Last season, he averaged 23 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds per game.

While pulling a blue Duke jersey out of his bag during the announcement, Bagley also revealed that he'll be wearing #35, a jersey that had been retired in honor of Danny Ferry, who played for Duke from 1985-1989 and was '89 Naismith Award victor.

Duke also will unretire Danny Ferry's No. 35 for Bagley, who becomes the seventh freshman on the roster.

During his time in the Los Angeles area, Bagley III has also volunteered for Hoops with Heart, a non-profit organization based in the city that benefits underprivileged youth and student-athletes.

Bagley was deciding between Duke, UCLA, USC and Arizona, as the Sierra Canyon High School (Chatsworth, Calif.) product is ranked as the top class of 2018 recruit by most major recruiting services. Bagley said he would wear the number, even though it was retired in 1989.

Grayson - who was awesome when we saw him at LAX - told us he's fired up for Bagley and can't wait to play with him. Shooting guard Gary Trent Jr.is in the top 20.

Ultimately, though, he decided on Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils.

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