Marvin Bagley III is one of the nation’s most highly rated freshmen, with the Corona Del Sol star already holding scholarship offers from UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, UConn, Creighton and others. He’s already 6-foot-10, can jump out of the gym and, in the words of USA TODAY Sports’ friend at the Arizona Republic, Richard Obert, has “shown dominance around the basket not seen in Arizona since Richard Jefferson.” He’s that good.
On Sunday he showed just how talented he is, reviewing video footage of the 2015 NBA Slam Dunk contest and then taking to the court to duplicate one of the night’s best efforts. Bagley produced an impressive copy of Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo’s reverse 360 first round dunk.
The slam was the latest breakthrough moment for Bagley, who has had a career’s worth in a single season. He’s widely considered one of the top two or three prospects in the Class of 2018, and could yet prove to be one of the most versatile near seven-footers seen anywhere since Kevin Durant.
For now, we’ll all have to settle for the youngest Bagley throwing down remarkable jams pulled straight from the headlines.