A 14-year-old boy’s dream came true in a heartbeat. Marvin Bagley III was already equipped athletically to be a perfect match for the NBA. With most of his underlying success coming largely, in part, due to his athletic bloodline. For instance, his father was a 6-foot-5 wide receiver for at North Carolina A & T State and played Arena football for the Arizona Rattlers. So who exactly is this talented gem?
“Whenever I step on the court, I try to just focus on getting better. I don’t worry about all of the extra stuff. It will come with hard work,” Bagley III said in an interview leading up to the 2018 NBA Draft.
Let’s break down how the top-ranked high school recruit in the 2018 class is now considered to be a top prospect for the 2018 NBA Draft.
Full Name: Marvin Bagley III
Birthdate: March 14, 1999
Birth Place: Tempe, Arizona
School: Duke University
For Bagley, his high school years were definitely a roller coaster. He played basketball for three different high schools — Corona del Sol in Tempe, Arizona; Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix, Arizona; and Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, California. During his high school career at Hillcrest Prep, Bagley played alongside potential No. 1 overall pick DeAndre Ayton.
Then, Bagley was ready to face his next big challenge. It was time for the 18-year-old’s main event. And it began.
Look out, Duke University, here come’s Bagley.
And that day came on Nov. 10, 2017. Most importantly, though, it’s a day that Bagley will always remember. Why? Not because he won his debut game — but the fact that he managed to record 25 points with 10 rebounds. Soon after that, we start to witness history in the makings for Bagley — as well as for — Duke University. On Nov. 28, as only a freshman, he tied the record for rebounds, along with 30 points, against University of Florida. So? The last time a Duke player recorded such numbers was in the 1960s.
Fast-forward, as the season winded down, Bagley was named the ACC’s Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year. Last but least, he joined DeAndre Ayton and Trae Young to record the most freshmen players to join the consensus All-American First-Team in a season.
Is Bagley Best Fit For Mavericks?
As the 2018 NBA Draft is just weeks away, there is an insurmountable amount of speculation surrounding where Marvin Bagley III will land. Will it be the Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, or an unexpected team?
Let’s just wait and see.
Although, Bagley could be seen as a perfect match for the desperate Mavericks, as the team had one of their worst seasons all-time this past season. They finished the season at 24-58. But with Bagley joining the team, he can spark some offense and take the Mavericks to some new heights. How?
Well, just imagine Bagley alongside the talented Dennis Smith Jr., with Smith Jr. running the pick-and-rolls, and with Bagley’s enormous size, they would be unstoppable. Is that it? No. The duo would give the team a lot more flexibility, instead of relying on their guards to initiate the offense. However, all of this talk is probably pointless, if he is likely to be selected in the top 3 of this year’s draft.
Lastly, if the Mavericks get the opportunity to select Bagley, they shouldn’t think twice. Because Bagley will help reboot the Mavericks offense and turn their franchise around.