Marvin Bagley is the top high school basketball player in the 2018 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports composite ranking. As he narrowed his list of potential schools, Bagley had good news for Kentucky coach John Calipari and the Wildcats.
Bagley, a 6-foot-10 power forward, announced the schools he was considering in a Bleacher Report video that was released Friday morning. Kentucky made the cut, as did Kansas, Duke, UCLA, Arizona and Southern Cal.
2018's No. 1 basketball recruit just revealed a new list of colleges he’s considering pic.twitter.com/wfttpPd7kl
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 31, 2017
Despite recruiting success in recent years, the last time Calipari signed the No. 1 high school prospect was 2012 when he landed Nerlens Noel. That came a year after landing Anthony Davis, who was the No. 1 overall player in 247Sports’s 2011 class rankings.
Noel and Davis both became top-10 picks in the NBA draft, as have fellow Wildcats top-5 recruits John Wall, Demarcus Cousins, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Julius Randle and Karl Anthony-Towns. Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox are likely to become top-10 selections in the 2017 NBA Draft following their standout seasons at Kentucky. Neither has declared for the draft yet.
The Wildcats will bring in the No. 1 class in the 2017 recruiting cycle as well. Kentucky’s 2016-17 season ended in the Elite Eight with a loss to North Carolina.