Duke forward Marvin Bagley III not even thinking about the NBA right now
Duke freshman forward Marvin Bagley III expressed he wasn’t ready to make a decision on whether or not he will declare for the NBA Draft, following a loss to the Kansas Jayhawks on Sunday night in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
Bagley’s double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds wasn’t enough to lift the Blue Devils, as the more experienced Jayhawks managed to outscore a mostly freshmen-infused lineup during the second half and the overtime period, punching their tickets to the Final Four with an 85-81 victory.
“I’m not even thinking about it right now,” Bagley said after Duke’s Elite Eight loss to Kansas on Sunday, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. “This loss is tough, especially playing in a big tournament like this. This is all that’s on my mind right now. Whatever happens after this, we’ll see. We’ll sit down [to] talk about it and take it day by day.”
According to Goodman’s sources, most believe he will leave college after one season.
A 6-foot-10 big man with incredible athleticism and a nose for the rim, Bagley is considered by NBA executives as a high-lottery pick even possibly a first overall selection in June’s draft, depending on the teams drafting atop the board.
Considered as a dominant player with the chance to evolve into the complete package, Bagley finished the season averaging 21.2 points and 11.1 rebounds per game.
The upcoming NBA draft is considered to be top heavy and a talent such as Bagley justifies all the tanking that has been going on in the league right now.