It is officially July, meaning that in less than two weeks, the most important live recruiting period of the year begins. Who will John Calipari prioritize when he returns from Egypt? One recruit he will certainly zero in on is Marvin Bagley, considered the best player in the 2018 class by three of the four major recruiting services. In a preview of the July recruiting period for ESPN, Jeff Borzello said that Bagley, a 6’10” power froward from Tempe, Arizona, is far and away the best player in the class.
“Can anyone go past Bagley in the coming weeks? It’s unlikely. On the Nike EYBL circuit, Bagley was dominant in the spring, averaging 25.8 points, 14.9 rebounds and 3.1 blocks.
Chasing Bagley are Zion Williamson (No. 2), a highlight-reel dunker; Cameron Reddish (No. 3), a smooth and versatile perimeter player; Bol Bol (No. 4), who had one of the best springs of anyone; and Romeo Langford (No. 5), the best guard in the class. All four are terrific players, but none has a legitimate case for the No. 1 spot right now. There’s more of a debate for No. 2 at this point.”
Kentucky leads in Bagley’s 247 Sports Crystal Ball right now with 50% of the predictions, but Duke isn’t far behind at 30%. Bagley says he’ll visit Duke this month, so it’s imperative for Calipari and his staff to make a good impression on him during the Nike Peach Jam July 12-17. A few weeks ago, Paul Biancardi called Bagley a “once in a decade type player,” and after you see his highlight reel, you’ll know why.
Here he is taking on DeMar DeRozan at the LA Drew League this past weekend:
Not all highlights in that last video, but DeRozan is an NBA All-Star after all.