The 2016-2017 high school basketball season has had its fair share of dominating performances.
Up until Saturday, Michael Porter's 37-point outburst at the Hoophall Classic was likely the best of the season. Then Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon junior power forward Marvin Bagley rivaled it.
In a dominating win over Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, Bagley pumped in 43 points, breaking the Nike Extravaganza scoring record, while also chipping in 14 rebounds and recording a trio of blocks.
To put it simply, Bagley was terrific and he did it all.
Already regarded as the No. 1 player in the 2018 class, Bagley further, at least in my eyes, strengthened his grasp on that spot. Bagley, a 6-foot-10 power forward, showed his polish on offense, scoring the ball in a variety of ways, whether it be with left jump hooks of mid-range jumps.
But he also displayed tremendous athleticism and energy. Bagley ran the court, dunked everything in the paint, was active on the glass and was effective as a shot blocker and rim protecter in the paint.
Q&A with Marvin Bagley
How’s the recruiting process going?
It’s slow. I’m not really worried about it right now. I’m going to wait until senior year, sometime in the summer after the EYBL sessions are over and that’s when I’ll start worrying about it. Right now, I’m just focused on doing whatever I can to get this team wins, and get to the playoffs and win a championship.
What are the characteristics you’re going to look at in a school?
Somewhere I can play and just be myself as a player. Somewhere I can grow as a person off the court as well and just be around great people so I can learn a lot in college. And I just think going to college will help me, that’s just something I’m looking forward to, as of right now I don’t know where.
Any visits coming up?
No, nothing coming up on college visits.
Did you come into this game wanting to prove something with all these teams and players here?
I just want to play, I’m a competitor, every game I come out with that fire. I got to have heart and I think that’s what drives me, my heart, to be a great player and to be the best player that I can be, that’s what drives me every day and every game I want to come out and show what I can do and win and do whatever I can to help us win.
You seemed extra aggressive today, how do you think you played?
I think I attacked more, I had an attack mindset coming into this game. Watching film, watching KD, watching how he attacks the rim in the half court set, I just tried to put that into my game tonight and I came out and it worked. So I just got to keep attacking, keep that mindset going into these next few games that we have in the season and get the job done.
Do you have a guy you’re emulating?
I’m trying to take stuff from NBA players but I try to be myself. I try to do what I do, I don’t want to try to copy someone else’s game, you obviously watch film and learn from different players but I try to take the small things and put it into myself and try to do things how I play. I don’t want to play exactly like another player but I do study the game.