Duke freshman Marvin Bagley III announced via Instagram on Wednesday that he will be declaring for the 2018 NBA Draft:
I can’t believe the time has come for me to say this but I would like to announce that I will be declaring for the 2018 NBA Draft. First off I want to thank Jesus for putting me here and allowing me to show my gifts that he has given me. I want to thank my family and everyone who has been in my corner since day one, the support has meant a lot to me. I also want to thank those who doubted me and continue to doubt me, it only pushes me to get better every single day. I learned a lot this year on and off of the court and I’m thankful for the opportunity. Thank you Duke!!! ???#JREAM
Bagley, who just turned 19 two weeks ago, dominated his first and only collegiate season. He averaged 21 points and 11.1 rebounds while shooting 61.4 percent from the field and 39.7 percent from 3-point range. He was named to the Associated Press’ All-American First Team.
Bagley is big, fluid and expected to be drafted in the first half of the lottery. In Def Pen Hoops’ most recent mock draft, Bagley was projected to go fifth overall.