As expected, the wait wasn’t long for Duke forward Marvin Bagley III during the NBA draft on Thursday. With the second overall pick, he was selected by the Sacramento Kings.
Bagley, a former 5-star recruit from Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon School, will return to the state where he made a name for himself as one of the top high school players in the country.
Although Bagley’s time at Duke lasted only a season, he made an impression on the program. In 33 games, he averaged 21 points and 11.1 rebounds a game en route to being named the 2018 ACC Player of the Year. He was the leading scorer for a Blue Devils team that advanced to the Elite Eight, where it fell to Kansas.
If there’s a criticism about Bagley, it’s his defensive play. However, in an interview with CBS Sports columnist Matt Norlander, he implied that he was well aware of that criticism, and called it “BS.” He should have an immediate opportunity to prove that he can develop into a well-rounded NBA player on both sides of the court for the Kings.