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ESPN says one 2018 recruit is far and away the best in the class

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.

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8 Comments for ESPN says one 2018 recruit is far and away the best in the class

  1. EdC
    11:54 am July 3, 2017 Permalink

    I’m sure he’s awesome but does anybody remember any recruiting class over the past decade that doesn’t have a player that was dubbed something similar to a once a decade type player?

    • TBW3011
      12:24 pm July 3, 2017 Permalink

      Sure. Most of them. It was thrown around a bit with Simmons, Wall, Davis. Can’t recall any others though.

    • theWilkman
      12:50 pm July 3, 2017 Permalink

      I think you need to pay attention a little more. Jabari Parker, Wiggins, Harrison Barnes… lots of guys were touted as once in a generation players. Just google “the next LeBron” or “the next Jordan” and you’ll find no shortage of writers making that claim for countless players.

    • mawoods15
      12:57 pm July 4, 2017 Permalink


  2. a21CATSfan
    2:19 pm July 3, 2017 Permalink

    Cal has not had a top dog in any class since Julius Randle in ’14. Idk if that is his “Kentucky is not for everybody” recruiting pitch, but I really hope this kid changes that. Or maybe that train has passed and 5-7 guys from 7-40 will have to do. CATS

    • smahurin
      2:32 pm July 3, 2017 Permalink

      Technically Cal has snagged (3)-#1 players (wall, davis, noel). Two of the other #1’s were only going to go to a school that hired their family member (porter and simmons). Cal pursued the other 3-#1’s (wiggins, okafor, giles).

      Basically in 8-yrs at UK, Cal has gone after 6-#1 ranked players… and gotten 3 of those 6. That is insanely good.

    • Eazy
      10:31 am July 4, 2017 Permalink

      Towns was a top 5 recruit and he turned out to be the best player in his class by far. It looks like we will get a couple top 5 players in the upcoming class.

  3. Eazy
    10:34 am July 4, 2017 Permalink

    Oh, fox and Monk were both top 5 too. And this years class of 6 top 25 players is unbelievably good.