Being from Arizona, the freshman forward has been around the Arizona and Arizona State basketball scene for some time now and is impressed with the Wildcats' program.“I like their basketball history,” Bagley said. “They have a great track record of players that played for them and go to the NBA, and that is a great accomplishment for them.”
Bagley really wanted to get to know the coaching staff a little more on his visit and become more familiar with how things are done at Arizona. His time with the coaches was to his liking, and he feels that the Wildcats are in great hands for the future.
“Talking with Coach Miller and his staff was truly an honor and a blessing,” Bagley said. “Some people never get the opportunity to talk to coaches like Miller, Pasternack and Stoudamire, so it was great and I feel like I already have a great relationship with them all.”
Considering he is only a freshman in high school, Bagley has a while before a decision is made on where he will play college basketball. However, he was able to give a little insight into what Arizona’s early pitch to him is.
“Right now, they’re selling me on development,” said Bagley. “You can see that everyone who goes to Arizona grows into the best possible player, and that’s really one of the most underrated aspects in recruiting.
“A lot of their guys go onto the next level. That’s obviously something I’m interested in, along with becoming better every time I step on the court. They feel like they can give me that."
At the moment, Bagley holds a host of offers from New Mexico, UConn, Arizona State, Northern Arizona, Creighton, North Carolina A&T and the most recent coming from Arizona.
He was adamant in saying that Arizona and Arizona State have no hometown pull and that he will give everyone a fair and equal look throughout his process.
“There is no hometown leverage for me,” Bagley said. “All the schools will get a fair look from me and then I will talk to my family about which schools provide the best opportunities.”