Marvin Bagley

USC recruiting: 2018 PF Marvin Bagley down to six schools

The No. 1 recruit in the 2018 class, power forward Marvin Bagley, released his top six prospective schools and the Trojans are now a part of the mix.

Five-star Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon forward Marvin Bagley is a supreme talent. The nation's top prospect in the 2018 class is 6-foot-11, but plays with the skill set of a 6-foot-1 guard. He dribbles and shoots like a guard while being able to bang down low with big men. 

On Friday, one of the nation's most highly sought after recruits revamped his list of top schools with a Bleacher Report video on Twitter with a warning at the end that "the decision is near."

Bagley could very well be a one and done candidate, but the Arizona prospect that moved to California to play has USC included in his top six along with five schools that are more known for one-and-done talent. The Trojans weren't previously in the mix for Bagley in the winter when he discussed a group of six schools that were most seriously involved in his recruitment.

But a couple of schools have been flipped from Bagley's winter mix. Hometown Arizona State is out while USC is in and the Oregon Ducks have been replaced by the team they just beat to reach the Final Four, Kansas.

Along with USC from the Pac-12 are crosstown rival UCLA and Arizona. Kansas is not the only blue traditional power in the running as Duke and Kentucky round out Bagley's top six. 

Bagley has the potential to be a program-changing talent for the Trojans since they have never landed the nation's top recruit.

“Marvin Bagley has continued to prove himself as one of the nation's most dominant players regardless of class as a junior,” Scout analyst Josh Gershon said earlier this year. “He's a 6-foot-11 power forward with a combination of size, skill, athleticism and motor that is hard to stop. He can score with his jumper or around the basket, while he also rebounds and blocks shots. He's proven his status as the nation's top 2018 prospect.”

Bagley put on a show at the star-filled Nike Extravaganza in Santa Ana, Calif. in February. He broke Shabazz Muhammad's single-game scoring record for the event when he poured in 43 points while grabbing 14 rebounds and blocking three shots.

"To put it simply, Bagley was terrific and he did it all," Scout analyst Evan Daniels wrote at the time.

If the Trojans were able to land Bagley, he would become the highest rated basketball recruit since Tim Floyd brought in O.J. Mayo in the 2006 class.

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