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Marvin Bagley ruled immediately eligible to play for Duke


Marvin Bagley (Jon Lopez, Nike)

Marvin Bagley has been officially cleared by the NCAA to play for Duke this season.

The potential No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Bagley committed to Duke in August after reclassifying into the school late this summer.

The 6-foot-10 Bagley has a chance to be an All-American in what should be his only year of college basketball as he’ll likely start in the Duke front court and be a featured presence from Day 1. With Bagley joining, Duke is the No. 1 team in the current CBT top 25 as they bring in a loaded freshman class to includes other five-stars like point guard Trevon Duval, guard Gary Trent Jr. and big man Wendell Carter.

Bagley could be a double-double machine at the college level as the bouncy lefty is one of the more skilled big men to enter college basketball as a freshman in recent memory. With his ability to rebound, score on the interior and block shots, Bagley should help Duke on both ends of the floor.

If Bagley is able to knock down perimeter shots and show some ball-handling ability -- which he has shown in the past at the high school level -- then he could be in line to be a potential No. 1 pick in the next draft as he joins a deep freshman class in college basketball that includes Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr., Arizona’s Deandre Ayton and Texas’ Mohamed Bamba.