Written by: Joe Ryan
Marvin Bagley, the top-ranked recruit in the class of 2018, is reportedly considering skipping his senior year of high school and reclassifying so he can hit the college hardwood in fall 2017.
According to 247Sports’ Jerry Meyer, “some intel” has trickled in that has linked Bagley, who will turn 19 in March, to possibly reclassifying.
“The buzz is that hometown USC could be his desired destination as a potential 2017 recruit,” Meyer wrote. “Andy Enfield has been a familiar face at his games, but so have John Calipari and Sean Miller. In the end, though, Bagley’s recruitment has the feel of a Duke and USC showdown.” (Via Bleacher Report)
This would be HUGE College Basketball news, especially in the month of July. Stuff like this is so rare this time of the year, but this is why college basketball is the best.
Marvin Bagley, the top recruit in the 2018 recruiting class is thinking about skipping his senior year of high school to play college basketball a year early. It is being reported that Bagley will most likely choose USC if he reclassifies early. And that would change a whole lot. Bagley is just an absolute stud. High flyer, get to the rim, defensive stopper, one of the best prospects in a long time. Demar Derozan had a tough time guarding him in the Drew League.
USC is already a top 10-15 team going into next year (read the early top 25 here). They have a loaded roster and a bunch of leadership and experience coming back. Andy Enfield is a helluva coach and without Bagley, this Trojan team is by far the best talented team he will have. Add Marvin Bagley on that team and the USC Trojans have a legitimate shot at winning the PAC 12 and going to a Final Four this year.
Bagley would join a team that already features a starting 5 of Jordan McLaughlin, De’Anthony Melton, Elijah Stewart, Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu. Figure Bagley does reclassify, he would most likely sneak into that starting 5, but it’ll be awfully tough considering how good that 5 already is. To think that Bagley and former 5 star recruit Derryck Thornton (transfer from Duke) can possibly come off the bench, that is one lethal lineup. Throw in Nick Rakocevic, Shaqquan Aaron, Charles O’Bannon, and Jonah Matthews, USC has not only one of the most talented rosters in College basketball, but also, one of the deepest rosters as well. The Trojans can go 11 men deep barring any injuries.
Bottom Line: The USC Trojans should be looking for an awesome year this year, regardless is Bagley reclassifies or not. If Bagley reclassifies and commits to USC, they will be contending for a PAC 12 title, a top 5 team in the nation and a Final Four berth. If Bagley plays senior year of high school basketball or commits elsewhere, USC should still be a top 3 team in the PAC 12 and look to have a very good tournament run.