NCAA Basketball

Duke lands top forward recuit Bagley

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(TSX / STATS) -- Power forward Marvin Bagley III, rated the nation's No. 1 recruit in the class of 2018, made two big announcements on national television on Monday.

First, he said he has decided to reclassify into the class of 2017, which means he would eligible to play this coming season as a college freshman.

His second announcement was even more important, because he said he has decided to attend Duke for coach Mike Krzyzewski, making the Blue Devils' already strong recruiting class even better.

The 6-foot-11 Bagley is attending Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, Calif., but his father, Marvin Bagley Jr., was born and raised in Durham, N.C., and played football at North Carolina A&T.

Bagley is now scheduled to graduate in August, and at that point the NCAA Eligibility Center will review his final transcripts and determine whether he has satisfied the requirements to play immediately at the Division I level.

Bagley took official visits to Duke, USC and UCLA.

By choosing Duke, he joins a six-man freshman class that includes five ESPN top 100 prospects, which is likely to make Duke's group the top-ranked recruiting class in the nation. Those freshmen along with Duke's returning players will make the Blue Devils a contender for another national title.

Bagley recently participated in the elite summer Drew League, in which he played with James Harden and Chris Paul and competed against NBA players. In the all-star game, he had 18 points and 20 rebounds.

The left-handed Bagley is a skilled player who can play comfortably close to the basket or on the perimeter.

Updated August 15, 2017

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