Scout's top 2018 prospect Marvin Bagley unofficially visits Duke, updates recruitment

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Marvin Bagley is Scout's top prospect in 2018 and one of the top high school talents nationally, regardless of class. The five-star power forward recently unofficially visited Duke, while other schools are also working hard on him.

Over the last year, Marvin Bagley’s play on the court has earned him the title of Scout’s top 2018 prospect.

The 6-foot-11, 220-pound power forward, previously at Phoenix Hillcrest but now searching for a new school, is a high level athlete with the versatility to play inside and out, while also helping his team as a rebounder, passer and shot blocker.

Bagley has been in the gym working on his game and eager to show his progress since the summer.

“I’m just trying to get better every chance I get,” Bagley said. “Every time I get in the gym I think about games and how to prepare myself for when I go in games, I’ll be ready to go.

“When it comes times to play and do what I do, hopefully it shows that I’ve been working.”

Recruiting has remained steady for the five-star prospect. While on an East Coast swing touring prep schools such as Oak Hill Academy and Huntington Prep, Bagley stopped by Duke’s campus for an unofficial visit.

“Duke is a great place,” Bagley said. “I went there and had a good feeling about it. They’re good people to be around and it’s a great atmosphere. I really felt comfortable there.

“Duke speaks for itself. The tradition is there. You see the players that went there and moved on to the next level.”

Bagley listed Arizona and Kentucky as two other schools that have been actively recruiting him.

“(Arizona) has a great tradition and have had a lot of good players come through there,” said Bagley. “When I went to the Red/Blue scrimmage, I was comfortable. It’s a great atmosphere.

“Kentucky, they speak for themselves. There’s nothing they can say to try and sell me on going to their school. I sit back, watch and see it. There’s really nothing they can say.”

It’s likely still early in Bagley’s recruiting process, as he’s still getting a feel for the schools targeting him.

“I’m just trying to see who I feel comfortable with,” he said. “They’re keeping in touch with my dad and I’m just taking it one day at a time right now.”


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