SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A year ago, Marvin Bagley III had to sit on the bench at the prestigious Hoophall Classic.
As a sophomore last season, the 6-foot-11 Bagley left Hillcrest Prep (AZ) in November, enrolled at Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon in January, was ruled ineligible to play after the state determined the transfer was athletically motivated, then lost the appeal.
A year later, Bagley was on the court and played a key role as Sierra Canyon stunned La Lumiere (IN), the No. 1 team in the nation, 76-74, before a packed house on Monday evening. After a slow start, he finished with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks.
“I started off slow, a slow start, but eventually the game came to me,” Bagley said. “My teammates did very well. They got going and we eventually got going as a team and that’s what put us over the top at the end.”
VILLANOVA, Pa. — JayWright and the Villanova Wildcats are the defending national champions, and the current No. 1 team in the country.
But they’re still learning.
“I think we learned a great lesson last year,” Wright said about Villanova achieving their No. 1 ranking. “We learned a lesson again when we went to Butler. You keep learning from it, that’s what we take from it.”
After scooping up their 47th straight victory at the Pavilion Monday night in a 76-46 rout of SetonHall, the Wildcats improved to 18-1 on the season. For a senior laden team whose been to the pinnacle of success in the world of college basketball, the idea that the group can learn much more may seem foreign.
For a team coached by the likes of Wright, it’s nothing out of the ordinary.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — La Lumiere School (IN) small forward Brian Bowen is nearing his college decision.
The five-star recruit and No. 13 ranked player in ESPN’s class of 2017 said Monday at the Hoophall Classic he will take an unofficial visit to Michigan State at the end of the month, and then make his decision shortly after.
The Spartans have a matchup on Jan. 29 against in-state rival Michigan when Bowen will take his visit. Michigan is the only school on his list to which he hasn’t taken an official visit.
Bowen’s final five schools include Arizona, Creighton, NorthCarolinaState and Texas to go along with Michigan State.
“Whenever I get that gut feeling on exactly where I want to go to school,” he said of a commitment timeline after scoring 18 points as No. 1-ranked La Lumiere fell to Marvin Bagley and Sierra Canyon (CA), 76-74. “Once I take this unofficial visit to Michigan State at the end of the month, right after that is when I’ll be making my decision.”
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The University of Washington could get a double-dose of the Porter Brothers next fall.
Jontay Porter, a 6-foot-9 junior forward and the younger brother of McDonald’s All-American Michael Porter Jr., is considering reclassifying and enrolling at Washington in the fall to play alongside his brother.
“Yeah, I was thinking about it, it’s not a done deal or anything,” Jontay told ZAGSBLOG following Nathan Hale’s 80-77 win over Oak Hill Academy at the Hoophall Classic. “We’re just weighing out the options.”
The younger Porter committed to Washington, where their father, Michael Porter Sr., is an assistant coach under Lorenzo Romar, for the Class of 2018 but said he is academically qualified to play beginning in 2017.