Marvin Bagley Maintains Top Spot in Updated Scout 2018 Player Rankings

CAM REDDISH 2018 PLAYER Cam Reddish | Photo | Jon Lopez | Nike

Marvin Bagley III — the five-star forward out of Chatsworth (CA) Sierra Canyon High — maintains the top spot in the updated Scout 2018 Player rankings, at least for now. Bagley is actively looking to reclass up to 2017 and attend college this fall, making him eligible for the 2018 NBA draft and potentially changing the future of one team for the upcoming season.

Bagley has officially visited Duke, USC and most recently UCLA, three of the six schools on his final list. He cancelled an official to Arizona that was scheduled for early August. The Wildcats have no more scholarships available for the 2017 class. Kansas and Kentucky could potentially get officials, but that appears to be a long shot.

If Bagley III in fact gets cleared and is eligible to participate this fall, he could instantly impact the landscape of college basketball.

“Bagley, in our opinion, has separated himself from his peers and is far and away the top prospect in all of high school hoops,” wrote Evan Daniels of Scout. “Bagley obviously has plus size for the position, but his physical gifts extend much further than just his size. It’s rare to find a player at his size, so fluid, mobile and athletic.”

Canadian R.J. Barrett, who announced he would be moving into the 2018 class last week, takes over the second spot in his 2018 rankings debut. Barrett — who held the top spot in the 2019 rankings — would slide into that same spot in 2018 if Bagley III gets cleared and moves into the 2017 class.

The multi-talented wing currently holds eleven offers. Louisville, UCLA, USC, Kansas and Arizona are just a few.

“R.J. Barrett is a big time athlete who also possesses tremendous skill,” Scout analyst Brian Snow wrote. “With good size on the wing, there is no area of his game where Barrett struggles to be productive. He has the ability to be a big time wing at both the college and NBA level, and should be an instant impact player no matter where he chooses to go to school.”

Mater Dei (CA) 7-foot-1 center Bol Bol, Spartanburg Day (SC) wing Zion Williamson and Westtown School (PA) wing Cameron Reddish round out Scout’s top five. Scout’s current top five consists of one power forward,. one center and three small forwards.

Interestingly enough, over the last five years of Scout’s final player rankings, only five guards (point, shooting, combo) have finished in the top five. One in 2013 (Aaron Harrison), two in 2014 (Emmanuel Mudiay and Stanley Johnson) and two in 2016 (Josh Jackson and Markelle Fultz). A trend that continues to hold true for the 2018 class.

Out of the top 25, Syracuse commit Darius Bazley made the biggest leap, moving up 30 places from number 43 to number 13. Devon Dotson jumped 20 spots from 39 to 19 while Marquette commit Joey Hauser took the biggest tumble, falling 18 places to number 36.


  1. Marvin Bagley III – Sierra Canyon (CA)
  2. R.J. Barrett – Montverde Academy (FL)
  3. Bol Bol – Mater Dei (CA)
  4. Zion Williamson – Spartanburg Day (SC)
  5. Cameron Reddish – Westtown School (PA)
  6. Romeo Langford – New Albany (IN)
  7. Tre Jones – Apple Valley (MN)
  8. Darius Garland – Brentwood Academy (TN)
  9. Immanuel Quickley – John Carroll School (MD)
  10. Simi Shittu – Vermont Academy (VT)
  11. Nassir Little – Orlando Christian (FL)
  12. Quentin Grimes – Woodlands College (TX)
  13. Darius Bazley – Princeton (OH)
  14. Moses Brown – Archbishop Molloy (NY)
  15. Anfernee Simons – IMG Academy (FL)
  16. Naz Reid – Roselle Catholic (NJ)
  17. Reggie Perry – Maclay School (FL)
  18. E.J. Montgomery – Wheeler High (GA)
  19. Devon Dotson – Providence Day (NC)
  20. Jordan Brown – Woodcreek High (CA)
  21. Louis King – Hudson Catholic (NJ)
  22. Taeshon Cherry – St. Augustine (CA)
  23. Jahvon Quinerly – Hudson Catholic (NJ)
  24. Emmitt Williams – IMG Academy (FL)
  25. Keldon Johnson – Huntington Prep (WV)

Complete updated Scout 2018 Player Rankings can be found HERE.

Six members of the Top 25 have already committed, Darius Bazley to Syracuse, Anfernee Simons to Louisville, Reggie Perry to Mississippi State, E.J. Montgomery to Auburn, Taeshon Cherry to USC and Jahvon Quinerly to Arizona. Overall, 42 members of the 2018 class have already closed their recruitment. None can make it official until the early signing period which is scheduled to begin on November 8 and runs through November 15.

Arizona currently sits on top of the 2018 Class Rankings with three commits, Jahvon Quinerly, Shareef O’Neal and Brandon Williams. USC is second while Notre Dame, Michigan State and Michigan round out the top five.


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