NEW YORK - Marvin Bagley III showing up at the Nike EYBL session in Brooklyn on Saturday morning normally wouldn't be a big deal, but the last few months haven't been normal for the top-ranked player in the Class of 2018.
As a sophomore last season, the 6-foot-11 Bagley left Hillcrest Prep in November, enrolled at Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon in January, was ruled ineligible to play after the state determined the transfer was athletically motivated, then lost the appeal. In the end, Bagley was left without a season, making his playing for Phoenix Phamily against RM5 on Saturday significant.
"That was the hardest time of my life, not being able to play, sitting on the bench and watching," Bagley said at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook. "I love the game, and I obviously want to play and do things on the court. During that process, I was just staying positive.