Marvin Bagley’s Possible Impact if He Reclassifies

It was reported weeks ago that Marvin Bagley, the top player in the class of 2018, filed paperwork to re-class and enroll in college next season. Last night, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported that Bagley will make his college decision tonight. This move is less about playing college basketball this season, and more about declaring for the NBA Draft this Spring. Bagley is doing everything possible to make himself eligible for a team by this Fall. With his commitment coming tonight, let’s take a look at how Bagley could impact the six schools with the chance of landing him.

Duke

Many perceive Duke to be the favorite to land Bagley tonight. The Blue Devils once again brought in a strong recruiting class. But with Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum going pro, Amile Jefferson graduating and Chase Jeter transferring, there still could be added firepower to the front court in Cameron. The addition of Bagley would deepen Coach K’s roster, something they have struggled with come March. Bagley, who already took an official visit to Duke, could slide right into the line up alongside Wendell Carter and give Coach K a much more solid front court duo to compliment a strong back court ofTrevon Duval and Grayson Allen. Having landed Tre Jones yesterday, it could be quite the two days for the Blue Devils if Bagley chooses Duke.

USC

USC woud love to pick up where they left off last season with a late commitment from Bagley, who has already taken an official visit. The Trojans won a play in game before winning a last second thriller over SMU in the NCAA Tournament this past March. They return key contributors to last year’s NCAA team and are expected to be a top team in the Pac 12 this year. Unlike most teams on this list that could use front court help, the Trojans’ two top returning players are 6’10 Bennie Boatwright and 6’11 Chimezie Metu. While this would be a problem welcomed by head coach Andy Enfield, it could prove to be an issue if the three cannot play together.

UCLA

Steve Alford would love nothing more than to replace two NBA lottery picks with the probable #1 overall pick of whatever draft he enters. After losing Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf to the NBA, Alford has holes to fill. He also lost son, Bryce and fellow senior Isaac Hamilton to graduation. Those four players contributed 60 points per game last year for the Bruins. And while Alford’s incoming group of freshman is another strong group, Bagley would put them over the top and give Arizona a run for its money for Pac 12 champ. Bagley would be paired alongside incoming freshman Cody Riley, and give UCLA as big and strong of a front court as any team in the country.

The three schools above are clear favorites to land Bagley, as he took official visits to all three spots. However, anything can happen in the college basketball world. Arizona, Kentucky and Kansas are all long shots to land Bagley, but with three of the best recruiters in CBB running each team, you can’t call them dead. My guess is Bagley ends up at Duke and there will be a new preseason #1 in College Basketball. Twitter seemed to agree.

Previewing the Pac-12

Arizona

The Pac 12 had the most successful Spring of any conference last basketball season. As a whole they got four teams into the tournament, three into the Sweet 16, two into the Elite 8 and one into the Final Four. And let’s not brush over USC’s upset over fan favorite SMU team. Following the Madness, the conference then saw two of its players go #1 and #2 in the 2017 NBA Draft. The trend of success should continue, as more highly touted prospects join the conference for the 2017-18 season. Let’s take a look at some early pre-season predictions. It should be noted that this does not include the potential transfer of Marvin Bagley, the top player in the Class of 2018 that several Pac 12 teams are in the running for.

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Tip Off Showcase Is Hoop Group Finale for Kyle Anderson

For Kyle Anderson of St. Anthony, his journey with Hoop Group has spanned 10 years and 32 individual events.

Back in 2001, he was much shorter, didn’t have college coaches poring over his ability (not just yet), and was still years removed from being under the tutelage of legendary coach Bob Hurley at St. Anthony.

“Just getting better overall, that’s the best thing,” said Anderson after his team’s 55-33 win over Trenton Catholic on Sunday night. “Putting in hours of Hoop Group camps and working hard in the hot summer sun, it’s all paying off.”

Anderson had 14 points and eight rebounds in the win.

He has signed to play for Ben Howland and UCLA next season, having chosen the Bruins over Florida, St. John’s, Seton Hall, and Georgetown.

Anderson is a rare blend of size and ballhandling skills, which has ranked him as a consensus top five recruit in the country.

He does as much in the way of personal skill as he does at making his teammates better, with the ability to draw in the defense and seeing over the defense to find open shooters.

UCLA has signed forward Jordan Adams of Oak Hill Academy (Va.) and continues to be in pursuit of Shabazz Muhammad, the number one player in the country out of Bishop Gorman (Nv.).

Next year, in the lights of Hollywood, Anderson will put on Bruin gold and baby blue, having come a long way from Hoop Group Skills camp in the Poconos a decade ago.

Hoop Group Alum Kyle Anderson Commits to UCLA

Kyle Anderson is the most unique player in the country. He might be the only recruit to have cake and candles at his college announcement. Anderson made his decision on his 18th birthday telling the country that he would be attending UCLA.

Anderson has been been a staple at Hoop Group camps and tournaments since he was 10 years old. He ended the July live recruiting period to play his final AAU game at Hoop Group End of Summer Classic. “Hoop Group always does a good job every year. They always do a good job with the high school team camp, Hoop Group Elite camps, Hoop Group is great.” Anderson said after winning MVP after triple overtime win at End of Summer Classic.

Everyone at Hoop Group would like to extend their best wishes to Kyle Anderson on continuing his education and basketball career.