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Marvin Bagley Cleared to Play by NCAA


Marvin Bagley cleared to play.

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University freshman Marvin Bagley III was officially certified to compete by the NCAA Eligibility Center on Friday.

The consensus No. 1 player in the high school class of 2018 before reclassifying to the class of 2017 and assuming the same position atop the player rankings, Bagley III signed a financial aid agreement with Duke on Aug. 15.

“From the outset of this process, we were optimistic that it would end with the NCAA Eligibility Center certifying Marvin to compete for Duke University in 2017-18,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. “We are thrilled for Marvin and the Bagley family. Their organization and efficiency were key to the successful conclusion of the certification process, as were the efforts of our Duke Athletics administration.”

Bagley III is coming off of a summer in which he averaged 25.8 points, a league-high 14.9 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game for the Nike Phamily in the EYBL.

He was a USA Today All-USA first team selection and the Gatorade California Player of the Year as a junior in 2017 after averaging 24.9 points and 10.1 rebounds to lead Sierra Canyon to a 27-3 record. He was also named the 2017 John R. Wooden CIF Southern Section Player of the Year while maintaining a 3.4 grade-point average in the classroom.

During his time in the Los Angeles area, Bagley III volunteered for Hoops with Heart, a non-profit organization based in the city that benefits underprivileged youth and student-athletes.

The Phoenix native earned Arizona Republic Player of the Year honors as a freshman in 2015 after leading Corona del Sol High School to a state title.

Prior to his freshman season at Corona del Sol, Bagley III participated in the 2014 USA Junior National Team minicamp.

Duke will host Countdown to Craziness presented by Delta Air Lines on Oct. 20 and play exhibition games against Northwest Missouri State and Bowie State on Oct. 27 and Nov. 4, respectively, before opening the 2017-18 regular season at home against Elon on Nov. 10.

Duke Basketball Fund Raiser this Saturday

 DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s basketball program will host Knockout Harvey on Saturday from 9:45-11:30 a.m. ET at Cameron Indoor Stadium, providing fans the opportunity to play knockout on historic Coach K Court with members of the 2017-18 Duke team for a minimum $10 contribution per person to the Justise Winslow Hurricane Harvey Donation.

The event will be held in conjunction with the Robin’s House Family Foundation, founded by former Duke star Justise Winslow and his mother, Robin Davis. To date, the foundation has raised nearly $90,000 to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Winslow’s hometown of Houston.

Winslow, entering his third season with the Miami Heat after helping lead Duke to the 2015 NCAA championship, is scheduled to attend Saturday’s event. More information on Winslow’s efforts and a link to donate can be found here.

Participants of all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to participate in Knockout Harvey. Prizes will be awarded to the winner of each knockout game.

Each knockout group will also have its photo taken on Coach K Court and the Duke men’s basketball program will provide participants with a link at which the photos can be downloaded.

Doors to Cameron Indoor Stadium will open at approximately 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, immediately following Duke football’s Blue Devil Walk. Fans may enter through the north entrance (Morton Plaza). The event will end promptly at 11:30 a.m. ET ahead of Duke football’s noon contest with Northwestern at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium.

All Iron Duke Football Parking Lots will open at 6 a.m. ET on Saturday. Iron Duke Football Parking Permits must be displayed for access to the designated lot.

Fans with regular-sized vehicles may park free of charge in our General Public Football Game Day Parking Lots.

The early General Public Park & Walk Lots open at 7 a.m. ET on Saturday – the Jogging Trail Lot on NC 751/Cameron Blvd. and Chemistry Lot on Circuit Drive.

The remaining General Public Park & Walk Lots open at 9 a.m. ET on Saturday – Large Circuit Lot on Circuit Drive and Research Drive Garage (RDG) on Research Drive and Campus & Anderson Lot on Anderson Street.

The General Public Courtesy Shuttle Lots at the GC and H Lots on Yearby Avenue open at 9 a.m. ET on Saturday. Courtesy shuttles run every 15-20 minutes from those lots to the Duke Chapel. All courtesy shuttles are lift-equipped to assist guests with disabilities.


Scouting Cameron Reddish

The Duke Blue Devils gained the services of one of the top players in the country last evening when Cameron Reddish cast his verbal commitment.  Having seen Reddish play several times over the past three years here is an idea of what to expect.

While watching Reddish earlier this season, I realized how versatile and athletic the 6-7 wing forward was.  He was standing in the middle of a zone as Team Final was playing in the Hampton, Virginia. Reddish was contesting every pass the opponent tried to throw over top of the zone.  In fact, he the tipped the ball more change of possessions via the turnover two times on three trips down the court.

Reddish can also get out and challenge on the defensive end when his team plays man to man.  He has good footwork which enables him to guard multiple players.  He is quick off his feet and when beat can recover for the block.

On the offensive end, Reddish has range out to the three-point stripe. He knocks down a little better than 30% of those shots.  He is really strong from the right side of the court, hitting a high percentage of his shots from mid range.  He finishes at a very high percentage near the rim, almost being automatic.

Reddish can also rebound better than some might think.  While he still has a lean frame, he is stronger than he looks.  Still, he will need to get stronger at the college level but that should come with maturity in that he will be 19 years old when he starts practice for Duke the year after the coming season.

One word used to describe him is "smooth."  He glides about the court with ease and never looks out of control.  Reddish started to create his own shot better this past season and showed a big improvement in that area.  He will need to continue to get better at this.

He moves well off ball, understanding spacing.  There have been some say he takes some plays off.  Reddish himself has said he needs to improve upon that aspect of his game, but most of my views this past season showed little of that.

Another knock on Reddish is both good and bad.  There are times when he is too unselfish not taking control or passing the ball.  That is sort of good and bad.  It is good because he is a team player and a good passer for his size.  He can get out and lead a fast break and moves at times like a shooting guard.

Reddish is quite simply seriously versatile.  His unselfish play and attitude make him a coaches dream.  He is efficient and productive and should thrive in Mike Krzyzewski's system which adapts to the players strengths.

It does not hurt that he will be playing with a friend of his in Tre Jones.  The Minnesota point guard blew up this past season and is a true floor general.  With these two young men, Duke is off to a great start with their future recruiting.

Five-Star Cameron Reddish Picks Duke

Cameron Reddish is a Duke Blue Devil

Duke got their second commitment from a stud basketball prospect for the 2018-19 season when Cameron Reddish announced his intent to be a Blue Devil.

"I'm going somewhere that I can be challenged as a leader, challenged as a student, challenged to grow up, on and off the court," Reddish said and then continued "And that's why I'll be attending Duke University."

The young phenom made his choice known via The Player Tribune. You can read what Reddish had to say by CLICKING THIS LINK.

Reddish joins Tre Jones as the start of yet another stellar class to be for hall of fame coach Mike Krzyzewski.  After some celebration Duke will turn its attention to several other key prospects.

A five-star prospect, Reddish  averaged 22.6 points and 7.8 rebounds a game for Team Final which played in the very competitive Nike EYBL circuit this past summer.  Reddish stands 6-8 but could get taller and weighs around 195 pounds while playing the small forward position.

Cameron Reddish

Like many Duke players to be, Reddish played a big role for USA Basketball where he most recently participated in the FIBA World Cup.  Reddish was fourth on a stacked team in scoring with 10.7 points a game for a talented team.

Duke is getting a small forward with long arms who can disrupt passing lanes with his length.  He is quick off his feet and a very adept scorer.  He loves being an on ball defender and is working on being more consistent.  His favorite NBA player is Kevin Durant and he likes to play NBA2K with his little brother.   He is considered a can't miss prospect who will one day play in the NBA.