Marvin Bagley Talks Schools, Possibility of Reclassing


Nike Phamily (EYBL) five-star forward Marvin Bagley says he plans on staying in the 2018 class. Bagley is the consensus top prospect, among the four major recruiting outlets.

“No,” Bagley said when asked about the possibility of reclassing. “I’m just worried about getting better. I’m not worried about reclassifying. I’m just taking it day by day. Whatever happens in the future happens.”

Through the first three Nike EYBL sessions, Bagley is averaging 25.2 points (.563 from the field), 14.9 rebounds and 2.9 blocks in 29.6 minutes per outing. That places him second, first and third respectively in each category.

Asked what he was working on, Bagley said, “Everything.”

“I can’t say there’s one thing that I want to get better at as a player,” Bagley continued. “I want to get better overall. I’m just focusing on everything right now.”

“I love playing basketball,” Bagley stated. “I love getting better, staying in the gym. It’s the best thing I like doing. So, I’m just enjoying the process, working hard, and elevating my game.”

“I play hard every time I step on the court,” said Bagley. “That’s the one thing that takes me to the next level. That’s what keeps me going, so I try to lock in when I step on the floor and just play like it’s my last game. That’s my mindset going into games.”

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Six schools remain for the 6-foot-10 power forward: Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA and USC. Each school hits his must have list.

“Somewhere I could go and get better,” Bagley explained. “That’s my main focus. That’s what I tell everybody. It’s not about the name. It’s not about all the news and the hype. It’s about where I can go and get better. Wherever that place may be out of my list is where I’ll go.”

Asked about Arizona.

“I love Arizona. I grew up there my whole life,” Bagley stated. “I was born there. I know that area pretty well. I’ve seen Tucson. It’s a comfortable place that feels like home. I just love the area and it’s a great place.”

Bagley played at Corona Del Sol High in Tempe, Arizona. He temporarily transferred to Hillcrest Prep (AZ) before heading to California to play for Sierra Canyon. Asked about the two local schools of UCLA and USC.

“I love both of those schools,” Bagley emphasized. “They’re on my list. I visited USC with my brother. I liked the campus and it was just a good feeling on campus. So was UCLA. I got to see a practice. It’s a great campus and a great place.”

It’s been almost two years since Bagley picked up an offer from Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

“Duke speaks for itself,” Bagley said. “It’s a great school. Coach K, (Jeff) Capel, and all those guys are in the tournament every year. It’s a great school.”

“They’re all great schools,” Bagley said about his list. “I could say the same thing about each of the schools. They’re all great. They speak for themselves. They’re in the tournament. They play in big time tournaments and games every year on ESPN. They’re great places.”

Despite recently cutting his list to six schools, the five-star forward confirmed he’s in no hurry to end his recruitment.

“I’m not worried about it right now,” said Bagley. “It’s getting closer but as of today, I’m just focused on winning games. I’m still trying to get better every time I step on the floor.”


D1Vision Writer Jacob Polacheck conducted this interview.

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