Vincent Edward Mendoza
Undoubtedly one of the premier players across any graduating class is Arizona’s own 2018 Marvin Bagley. The Tempe, Arizona product is already a household name in the world of college basketball recruiting and not only does he have untapped potential, he has already been able to realize some of that talent and blue blood colleges across the country have already taken notice.
Bagley has drawn attention from big names such as Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, Kentucky’s John Calipari, Kansas’ Bill Self and Arizona’s Sean Miller to name a few.
“I really try to pride myself on the defensive end,” Bagley told PGU. “I watch guys who win defensive player of the year awards and you know they’re a big part of their teams and I just want to come out and play defense because that’s the most important part of the game I think. Getting stops and not letting the other team get a bucket so I really put a lot of work on that end.”
Standing at 6’10 but not being a typical post player, Bagley impresses with his elite athleticism and ability to play anywhere on the court. It is truly a site to see and that is why the most elite programs are after him so early.
“I’m just trying to pick different spots on the floor and wherever it is I’m just trying to work and get a bucket,” he said.
“Offensively I would say that I’m an unselfish player. I try to get my teammates good looks and do whatever coach wants me to do. Score and get an assist; whatever it is I’m just trying to help the team win,” he added.
“I like watching LeBron, KD, Anthony Davis and Steph Curry. I just try to learn from their leadership and how great of a basketball player they are. Those guys are great leaders, they lead their teams and all of those guys are in the playoffs so that says a lot about their leadership and how they take their teams to the next level,” Bagley said.
Upon watching Bagley it is easy to see that he is able to take pieces from the players listed as he extends the defense with his ability to hit the three point shot with consistency, knock down mid range jumpers and finish around the rim with athletics dunks and put-backs.
“I just try to do that and put that in my game and just try to help the team win,” he said.
The Arizona coaching staff was able to secure an official visit from the top prospect in the 2018 class.
“It was a great experience really. The fans are great and they really support their team. They’re really a great, great program and I really like the way the whole program is run,” he said.
It is hard to believe that Bagley is only entering his sophomore year of high school.
“I don’t really talk to coaches yet. They deal with my dad and they communicate with him. I just try to keep getting better every time I step on the floor. That will come later so I just try to keep getting better,” he said.
With Bagley being in Arizona’s backyard it’ll be interesting to follow the recruitment process as the blue blood programs all have their eyes set on stealing him from the state of Arizona.