The biggest news in college basketball has come in August, typically one of the quietest recruiting months of the year.
Marvin Bagley III, the nation’s No. 1 high school recruit from the Class of 2018, made his announcement to reclassify up to the Class of 2017 on Monday, which means he will immediately be a freshman in college this season.
Along with his decision to reclassify, Bagley said on SportsCenter that he will play at Duke for Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Bagley had been contemplating this decision for a long time and began to explore immediate eligibility in recent months. He is now scheduled to graduate from Los Angeles’ Sierra Canyon High School in August, after which the NCAA eligibility center will review his final transcript to assess whether he has met all requirements to play at the Division I level.
Adding Bagley to a class that already includes scoring savant Michael Porter Jr.and physically imposing big man DeAndre Ayton, as well as newly reclassified No. 24 Jontay Porter (Missouri), makes this a group to rival last year’s class that boasted historic one-and-done draft picks.
Source: Paul Biancardi of ESPN
Report: Robert Williams to Declare for 2018 NBA Draft
Texas A&M sophomore forward Robert Williams is turning pro.
Williams announced his decision to enter the NBA draft and bypass his final two seasons of eligibility after the seventh-seeded Aggies lost to third-seeded Michigan 99-72 in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament Thursday night.
“It’s something I’ve been dreaming about – the next step,” said Williams, who scored 12 points and added six rebounds, three assists and three blocks in his final game with the Aggies.
Williams, 19 years old and listed at 6-10, will finish the semester at Texas A&M before pursuing his dream of playing in the NBA.
“It’s just a blessing,” Williams said as he stood in a locker room in the bowels of the Staples Center, home to the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers. “Every kid dreams of going pro in a sport they love.
Sources: Kostas Antetokounmpo to Declare for 2018 NBA Draft
Dayton redshirt freshman Kostas Antetokounmpo will declare for the 2018 NBA draft, according to a source close to the situation.
Antetokounmpo will be “testing the waters” in order to gauge his standing with NBA teams before deciding on his next move.
A 6-foot-10 power forward who was forced to sit out his first year in college as a nonqualifier, Antetokounmpo, 20, played just 15 minutes per game this season. He will not be requesting a transfer from Dayton, according to the source.
Source: Jonathan Givony of ESPN
Report: Deandre Ayton Officially Declares for 2018 NBA Draft
I’m just a kid from the Bahamas who came to the States when I was 12 years old with a dream. I can’t say anything about this journey other than that it’s God’s Plan Next Stop: 2018 NBA Draft
I’m just a kid from the Bahamas who came to the States when I was 12 years old with a dream. I can’t say anything about this journey other than that it’s God’s Plan 🙏🏾 Next Stop: 2018 NBA Draft #BullySeason #242toTheWorld pic.twitter.com/6f9igjMrU8
— Deandre Ayton (@DeandreAyton) March 21, 2018
Source: Deandre Ayton on Twitter