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College basketball recruiting: Marvin Bagley III to announce commitment Monday

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Arizona probably isn’t an option

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The Marvin Bagley III saga will be coming to an end Monday night.

That’s when Bagley, the top high school recruit, will choose a school on the 11 p.m. EST rendition of SportsCenter.

Bagley is a 2018 recruit, but has filed to reclassify to 2017, and perhaps he will also reveal Monday if the NCAA has granted his request to move into the 2017 class.

Bagley officially visited the Duke Blue Devils, USC Trojans, and UCLA Bruins recently, so those are likely the schools he is picking between.

The 6-foot-10 forward from Tempe, Ariz. was supposed to visit the Arizona Wildcats in the first week of August, but those plans were nixed since Arizona does not have any more scholarships to offer in 2017, hinting that Bagley expects to become a 2017 prospect.

The 247Sports Crystal Ball overwhelmingly pegs Duke as the favorite to land Bagley, as 11 of 12 predictions made in July project Bagley will commit to the Blue Devils. The other prediction has Bagley picking USC.

Bagley reclassifying and committing to USC or UCLA would certainly be great for the Pac-12 this season, and it could even make one of those two schools (more applicable to USC) the favorite to win the conference.

Still, no one is quite sure what Bagley will do, as one college coach said he is “keeping it close to vest.”


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