Why Duke is the Best Fit for Marvin Bagley III

Marvin Bagley III
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It seems like everyone in the basketball world is waiting for the 11 PM Sportscenter announcement tonight to see where Marvin Bagley III will commit to and if he reclassifies. Bagley III is a generational type of player standing at 6’10”-6’11” 220lbs and can even be classified as a wing with his skill set. I personally enjoyed seeing the success he had in the Drew League against superior competition. I know it is an unstructured league, but he showed why he is good enough to be in the NBA right now

With Marvin already being 18 years old, he is old for class compared to guys like Zion Williamson who turned 17 last month (July). I can’t blame him for trying to cut out a year to get to those massive NBA contracts. We all know this has nothing to do with college basketball, it is all about getting to the NBA as quickly as possible to get to that second contract. I am high on Marvin Bagley III to the point that I believe if he was in this year’s NBA Draft, he would have been the number one pick over Markelle Fultz.

Bagley III has cut his list down to his final four which include UCLA, USC, Duke, and Arizona. I believe for Marvin that Duke is the best for him to flourish in college and be prepared for the NBA after one year of college basketball. He would pair up with freshman center Wendell Carter, freshman guards Trevon Duval, Gary Trent Jr., along with sophomore Marques Bolden. Grayson Allen will be essentially the only experienced player on the roster. Coach K will be working with one of his youngest rosters in recent years. This allows Marvin Bagley III to come right in and grasp an alpha role in the starting lineup. He easily could lead the team in scoring for his projected only college season.

Plus, who wouldn’t want arguably the greatest college coach ever, Coach K, to draw up plays to put you in the best scoring positions possible. When Brandon Ingram was at Duke, Coach K felt comfortable putting the ball in his hands on the wing. I see the same thing happening if Marvin decides to choose Duke. I think Coach K would be huge in his development of play making ability. With Coach K embracing the one and done philosophy in recent years, I believe this is the best school for him to attend to be the most NBA ready when draft time comes for him. Coach K has too much experience with Team USA gaining respect from the biggest of egos in the NBA to play as a team. Coach K knows best for Marvin to set him up for the NBA and allowing him to put up 20 points per game and 10 rebounds per game his freshman season.

Jeff Goodman of ESPN also made an interesting point earlier today on Twitter stating that Marvin Bagley III’s father has plenty of family in the Durham, North Carolina area. This would allow Marvin to feel comfortable making the trip to the East Coast. I also wouldn’t be surprised if his father followed him to Durham, North Carolina if he so chooses to commit to Duke. All of these points make me point the finger to Duke. We will definitely be tuning in to see the dramatic effect Marvin will have on the landscape in the basketball world.


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