Kentucky target Marvin Bagley is widely considered the top prospect in the Class of 2018. However, he may be coming to college sooner than that.
As reported by CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish, Bagley — a 6-foot-10 power forward from Tempe, Ariz. — is considering reclassifying for 2017 and playing this season. The Wildcats have long been considered a player for Bagley’s services, though at this time it appears they are trailing Duke, Arizona, and USC in some order. With John Calipari’s recruiting chops, however, it would not be a total shock to see Bagley suiting up for the Wildcats this fall.
If Kentucky can defy the odds and bring in Bagley, he likely would become their go-to guy and top scorer. The Wildcats are a likely top 10 squad in 2017-18 without Bagley, but adding him to the program could vault them into consideration for the No. 1 spot in the country. Bagley told SEC Country earlier this week that he is still planning on visiting Kentucky at some point.
Should Bagley reclassify, he will vault himself immediately into the conversation for top NBA prospect in college basketball, alongside Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr., Arizona’s DeAndre Ayton, and others. As an older player for the Class of 2018 — Bagley already turned 18 in March — he should be able to come in and have no problems adjusting to the faster, more physical brand of basketball he’ll see at a major conference program.
Bagley is the second 5-star 2018 prospect this week to make it known that it’s at least a strong possibility he will reclassify to 2017. Missouri commit Jontay Porter, younger brother of Michael, told Parrish on Thursday that it’s “a safe assumption” he’ll play for the Tigers this season.