“He’s listed at 6’11” and 220 pounds with the kind of skill set that makes him a ideal player for this era of open-style basketball.
Going into the spring, the Trojans seemed to have an outside chance of staying in the race for Bagley’s signature, but as the likes of Kentucky and Arizona fell away, USC remained. He would have been enough to push a UCLA team that lost four starters into the top-10 conversation.
Bagley turned a lot of heads this summer at the Drew League in Los Angeles, where he frequently held his own against National Basketball Association players, including All-Star DeMar DeRozan.
Those plans were confirmed Monday night, though Bagley will still need to be cleared academically by the NCAA to play this season.
He followed that up with a dominant summer on the Nike EYBL, averaging 25.8 points, 14.9 rebounds, 3.7 blocks and 1.7 assists per game. Giles’ health didn’t allow him to do that a year ago, and Amile Jefferson was never been a dominant offensive player. He continued his dominance on the Nike circuit and word leaked out last month that his family was looking into reclassifying to 2017. He becomes the seventh player in Duke’s recruiting class, joining fellow five-star recruits Gary Trent Jr., Wendell Carter and Trevon Duval. He can take – and make – contested jumpers, and should find plenty of space on the perimeter with Duval and Allen attacking off the bounce.
On top of that, USC will welcome now-eligible Duke transfer Derryck Thornton and a strong recruiting class including Charles O’Bannon Jr and Jordan Usher, both promising four-star prospects.
With Bagley, it’s not even close. “He will be an impact player for whichever team he chooses, and will change the landscape in college basketball whenever he chooses to do so”.