Marvin Bagley III Not Rushing NBA Draft Decision

The Duke Blue Devils were bounced from the 2018 NCAA Tournament on Sunday night, suffering an overtime loss to the Kansas Jayhawks in the Elite Eight thanks to Malik Newman going off in extra time to lead Kansas to an appearance in the Final Four with an 85-81 victory.

Following the game, attention turned to Duke star freshman Marvin Bagley III, who finished the game with a double-double — 16 points and 10 rebounds.

The discussion quickly turned to whether Bagley would be leaving the Blue Devils to declare for the NBA Draft, but the first-year player was not yet ready to discuss his future.

“I’m not even thinking about it right now,” Bagley told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

“This loss is tough, especially playing in a big tournament like this. This is all that’s on my mind right now. Whatever happens after this, we’ll see. We’ll sit down [to] talk about it and take it day by day.”

It is expected that Bagley will declare for the draft as a projected lottery pick, but with his decision to take things slowly there is always the chance he could decide to return to school for another crack at a national championship.

Bagley finished his freshman campaign averaging 21.2 points and 11.1 rebounds per game.