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Opinion: Marvin Bagley III Should Go First in Draft

Duke University has had many talented basketball players come out of their school. Players like Jabari Parker (2014), Jahlil Okafor (2015), Brandon Ingram (2016) and Jayson Tatum (2017), were all top three draft picks from Duke these last few years. Bagley skipped his senior year of high school to become a freshman at Duke University. What separates him from others is his amazing footwork and length on the court. His inside and outside game prove that he his ready for the next level. Bagley’s ability to shoot the ball from the arc and strong trait of rim running are important for his position and setting him apart. Bagley averaged 21 points and 11 rebound per game this season and was named both the National Freshman of the Year and the Pete Newell Big Man of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). He also broke many school records. Coming out of high school, his elite style of play was already known, and his ability to live up to expectations has been amazing. Even though Bagley’s time was cut short in the tourney, his consistency was impeccable. Bagley was able to score over 20 points in every game. This years NBA draft class is stacked with elite centers and power forwards. DeAndre Ayton and Mo Bamba are a couple players that were classified as elite “Bigs,” but I believe that Marvin Bagley is the best player for his position and the best player in the draft. There’s no doubt in my mind that Bagley will be selected first, and his track record proves it. Bagley has been around top basketball programs throughout his career, and with their help, they have developed him into the best player he can be. Many say that Ayton and Michael Porter Jr. and even Trae Young are better basketball players than him, which is ludacris. Bagley has been dominating the college game at less than 18 years of age, and NBA scouts have said he is NBA ready.