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Nike EYBL L.A. Session Awards Announced – Marvin Bagley Named MVP

MARVIN BAGLEY SCOUT 2018 Photo | Jon Lopez | Nike

The 2017 Nike EYBL regular season is in the books with the completion of the fourth session at Los Angeles last weekend. The majority of the Peach Jam 24 team field is locked in with a few at-large bids remaining, see who qualified here.

Once again the EYBL was loaded with top tier talent including the number one player in both the 2018 and 2019 classes in Marvin Bagley III and R.J. Barrett, respectively.

To say Marvin Bagley has been a beast would be an understatement. Playing on the Nike Phamily team, he has been the one highlight. In his 15 games, Bagley is averaging 25.8 points while shooting 54.6% from the field, 14.9 rebounds, 3.1 blocks, 1.7 assists and 0.9 steals per outing. Bagley finished second in points, first in rebounds and third in blocks per.

The list of Who’s Who to attend Saturday’s EYBL session in L.A. included some of the biggest names from on and off the court. Jay-Z, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook were just a few of the names to show up in support of the players.

Bagley was amongst those stars. His performance in Los Angeles was even more stellar. In four games, the five-star power forward averaged 27.8 points while shooting 59%, 15.3 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 1.5 steals, all improvements over his regular season averages.

Bagley recorded a double-double in 14 of his 15 games played including a 31 point, 25 rebound game against Meanstreets, 36 points and 11 rebounds against Howard Pulley and 35 points and 13 rebounds against the New York Lightning. He finished with three games of 20 rebounds or more and two games where he blocked 6 shots.

Bagley has cut his list of suitors to six schools: Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA and USC. Bagley recently told D1Vision those six schools hit 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. 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.”

Rumors had swirled that the multi-talented Bagley could reclassify to 2017. Asked if that was a possibility, Bagley shut the door.

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

For his efforts in Los Angeles, Bagley was named the EYBL Most Valuable Player.

Here are the Session Four EYBL Award Recipients.

LOS ANGELES INDIVIDUAL AWARDS:

  • Most Valuable Player: Marvin Bagley
  • Offensive Player: Coby White
  • Defensive Player: Bol Bol
  • Top Underclassman: Francis Okoro
  • Breakout Performers: David Roddy and Buddy Boeheim (Son of Jim Boeheim)

ALL-LOS ANGELES FIRST TEAM:

  • Coby White – Team CP3 (NC)
  • Marcus Zegarowski – Expression Elite (MA)
  • Marvin Bagley III – Nike Phamily (AZ)
  • Jontay Porter – Mokan Elite (KS)
  • Bol Bol – Cal Supreme Elite (CA)

ALL-LOS ANGELES SECOND TEAM:

  • Darius Garland – Bradley Beal Elite (MO)
  • Cole Swider – BABC (MA)
  • Keldon Johnson – Boo Williams (VA)
  • Simi Shittu – CIA Bounce (Can)
  • Emmitt Williams – E1T1 (FL)

ALL-LOS ANGELES THIRD TEAM:

  • Foster Loyer – All Ohio Red (OH)
  • Javonte Smart – Houston Hoops (TX)
  • Ayo Dosunmu – Mac Irvin Fire (IL)
  • Thomas Kithier – All Ohio Red (OH)
  • Jaylen Hoard – Team CP3 (NC)

Up next for the EYBL, it’s the coveted Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina. Check out all the action July 12-16 live on Flo Hoops with the semifinals and finals expected to be live on an ESPN affiliate.

 

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