Bagley living up to the hype

Marvin Bagley is one of the top talents in the 2018 class. Here's the latest on his game and recruitment.

For those who follow grassroots basketball in the state of Arizona, the name Marvin Bagley is by no means new.

Ever since he was in elementary school, Bagley has been hyped as one of the best basketball prospects in the state’s history.

Now entering his freshman year, Bagley has more than lived up to his reputation.

In October, the 6-foot-10, 210-pound power forward from Tempe (Ariz.) Corona del Sol was one of the top 2018 prospects in attendance at the USA Basketball Developmental Camp.

On Thursday, in an 84-49 win over Phoenix Skyline, Bagley continued to prove to Scout what kind of prospect he is.

He has the size, length and athleticism of an elite talent, but what really stood out was just how good of a passer he was. Bagley played an unselfish game, using his vision to find open teammates, while also using impressive footwork and body control to get to the basket.

The transition to high school clearly is not causing Bagley too many problems.

“I’m just having fun and doing what I love,” Bagley said. “The speed of the game is faster than I thought but I’m adjusting. The coaches are helping me and I’m coming along just fine.

“I know there are a lot of things I need to work on and improve but as the season goes on and I keep watching film, I’ll be fine.”

Bagley has a list of areas he’s committed to improving at.

“I need to get better at staying intense throughout the whole game,” he said. “I’m young and I’m learning but that’s still something I can’t do so I need to learn how to stay focused, play good defense and get out and go. If you work on something long enough it will come to you.”

Even though Bagley’s high school career just started, he already holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State and Connecticut.

He briefly broke down what he likes about each of those programs.

Arizona: “I like the environment for their games. They have a great tradition there. Sean Miller coaches the team well and it’s a great college.”

Arizona State: “Arizona State is like five minutes from my house and coach (Herb) Sendek has always been there telling my family we’re always welcome there.”

UConn: “They win. They play team basketball and I love teams that play team basketball.”

Even with the early college attention and hype, Bagley is much more concerned with winning high school games than anything else.

“I don’t think about it,” he said. “I’m just a kid having fun, doing what I love to do. All the hype and extra stuff, I don’t pay attention to it. I just want to go out and play and win a state championship.”

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