The 6-11 forward Bagley played last season at Corona del Sol in Tempe, Ariz., and transferred to Hillcrest Academy in Phoenix, a new national prep academy, where he was joining his father, who was hired as an associate coach.
But Bagley Jr. took his son out after he left the school, telling Gannett partner The Arizona Republic that “everything we went there for, it’s impossible.” That included a national championship after a number of media properties, including USA TODAY High School Sports, declined to include Hillcrest in the rankings. Marvin III was being home-schooled since he left Hillcrest.
Coach Ty Nichols told the Times that paperwork will be submitted to the California Interscholastic Federation’s Southern Section seeking approval for Bagley to be eligible to play. Sierra Canyon is 9-1 and was ranked No. 13 in the most recent Super 25 rankings before the holidays.
Oddly enough, Corona del Sol lost only one game last season — to Sierra Canyon, which would go on to win a CIF championship. Corona del Sold won its fourth consecutive state title in Arizona.
The Bagley family has not publicly commented.
His addition — if eligible — could vault Sierra Canyon even further into national prominence. The roster already includes Cody Riley and Ira Lee, both ranked in the top 35 among juniors, three-star point guard Remy Martin and Nevada signee Devearl Ramsey. Even if he cannot play this season, the group of Bagley, Riley, Lee and Martin would be a national title contender next season.
Contributing: Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic