By reclassifying into the Class of 2017, top basketball recruit Marvin Bagley III made himself eligible to be drafted next summer.
Originally projected to be the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2018, Bagley reclassified into the Class of 2017 and announced he would join Duke for the 2017-18 season.
Bagley completed his high school requirements a year early and graduated from Sierre Canyon High School in Los Angeles in August. A 6-foot-11, 220-pound forward, Bagley also took official visits to UCLA and USC, according to ESPN.
The 18-year-old Bagley is expected to be one of several big names in the 2018 NBA Draft, according to Forbes, including Michael Porter Jr. and Luka Doncic.
He averaged 24.6 points and 10.1 rebounds in 29 games last season, according to MaxPreps.
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Bagley looks like the real deal. He's 6-foot-11 and can do it all. There's a couple of problems though. For one, the Knicks have their cornerstone power forward in Kristaps Porzingis. They are also unfortunately stuck with Joakim Noah for a couple more years. It also remains to seen what Bagley can do at Duke. Tons of players dominate in high school and it didn't translate at the college level, especially at a powerhouse school.
Also, it's doubtful the Knicks end up with the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. If they trade Carmelo Anthony, they should land a top 10 pick for sure, but they are not a lock to end up with one of the first few picks. That said, some of the teams that picked ahead of them will be better. The 76ers could be better with their young talent healthy. The Kings should be better with the incredible offseason they had. The Lakers should also be better with Lonzo Ball and Brook Lopez.
If Anthony gets traded before or during the season, it could turn to tank mode at Madison Square Garden. Most Knicks fans would have no issue with that considering they aren't winning anything this year anyway. We'll see how Frank Ntilikina looks first to see if they made the right pick there. The Knicks have a track record of not having good luck in the draft. Having a frontcourt with Porzingis and Bagley could have Knicks fans salivating in a few years if it somehow does end up coming to fruition, though.