College Coaches Poll: Marvin Bagley III Voted as Best Prospect


This summer, following the July Evaluation period, Evan Daniels of Scout spoke with more than 100 assistant and head Division-I coaches (under the condition of anonymity) to get their take on the best prospect, best scorer and the player they would want to build a team around in his College Coaches Poll.

Marvin Bagley III, who is regarded as the top player nationally by most recruiting sites, won the best prospect voting in a landslide, reeling in 54 of 101 votes. Bagley is currently considering a possible reclassification to the 2017 class.

Bagley, who played five games at the Nike Peach Jam for Phoenix Phamily averaged 24.6 points and 14 rebounds per game.

“I think the combo of natural ability, how hard he plays and the intelligence of a player, makes him the best payer in the country,” one college coach said.

“He’s a special player,” another added. “Size and athleticism separates him from everyone in his class and arguably the world. His motor is always on. His second jump is quicker than most players first jump. He’s a tenacious rebounder on both ends and separates him from his peers.”

“Unique combination of size, length, and elite athleticism mixed with skill,” one high major coach said when asked what makes him special. “What is most impressive to me is how hard he plays. I haven’t watched a game or workout where he hasn’t played hard. For an elite kid, that is a very special quality.”

Zion Williamson, the 6-foot-7 small forward from Spartanburg (SC) Day School and SC Supreme, received the second most votes with 13.

“I think Zion is unstoppable in transition,” one high major coach said. “If he ever gets the ball and shoulder ahead of a defender, there’s no one in high school or college basketball that can stop him.”

“Quick twitch athleticism,” a high major coach said when asked about what sticks out about his game. “He gets to play against little boys right now, we’ll know more on him when he gets to college.”

At the Adidas Nations in Houston, Texas earlier this month, Williamson averaged 22.5 points and 7.2 rebounds a game, while going 49-for-76 from the field through six games.

Third on the voting was 7-foot-2 Mater Dei (CA) High School standout Bol Bol, who received eight votes. Playing with Cal Supreme on the Nike EYBL, Bol averaged 22 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.9 blocks through 19 EYBL games.

The only other prospect that received more than four votes in this category was RJ Barrett, who recently reclassified to the Class of 2018.

In the vote for best scorer, RJ Barrett and Anfernee Simons were the top two vote getters with Barrett receiving 10 votes and Simons receiving nine.

On July 9th, Barrett won a Gold Medal and the event MVP at the FIBA u19 World Championship with Canada. “He’s a super, highly advanced offensive player, who always attacks anytime he has the ball,” a coach told Scout. “There’s always a threat for him to create for himself or for a teammate.”

Not only did Bagley win in the best prospect category, but Bagley was also voted as “Best Player to Build a Team Around”, receiving 28 of the 100 votes in the category, which was 20 more than second place.

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