Marvin Bagley III is one amazing talent on the hardwood floors. Only in his teens, top college programs came calling for his services after noticing what a great prospect he was. Following his first year at Duke University where he took college basketball by storm, the power forward declared for the 2018 NBA Draft and was selected in the first round, second overall pick by the Sacramento Kings.
Marvin Bagley III now has on his shoulders the responsibility of proving to the NBA that he was well worth his draft position. Here is everything you should know about the American basketball player from his early years to the incredible family that has been his backbone all his life.
Bio (Age) – Who Is Marvin Bagley III?
Marvin Bagley III was born on the 14th of March 1999, in Tempe, Arizona as the first son of Marcus Bagley Jr. and his wife Tracy Caldwell. His basketball career began in Corona del Sol High School where as a freshman he led his varsity team to the state championship. In his sophomore year, he transferred to Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix where he became teammates with future number 1 draft pick, Deandre Ayton.
However, Bagley’s stay at Hillcrest was shortlived due to the program’s bad reputation. Bagley left for Chatsworth, California where he attended Sierra Canyon School. But then, due to California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) rules, Bagley was ruled ineligible to play in his first year in the school. He began playing in his junior season where he averaged 24.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and two steals from 29 games. He was named to the All-USA Today First-team, 2017.
A 5-star high school recruit, Bagley first received a scholarship offer from Northern Arizona University at the age of 14. However, after his reclassification in 2017, Bagley became eligible for the 2018 NCAA season. Snubbing Arizona University’s offer, Bagley proceeded to Duke where he shattered decades-old records. He ended his freshman season as the ACC Player of the Year, and ACC Rookie of the Year. He also made it to the Consensus first-team All-American and won the Pete Newell Big Man Award.
Marvin Bagley III forwent his three years of college eligibility, declaring for the 2018 NBA draft where he was selected by the Sacramento Kings.
Prior to being selected, Bagley inked endorsement contracts with Puma, Mountain Dew’s Kickstart brand, and JBL headphones. Per Fobes projections, Bagley stands to earn “a maximum of $36,910,323 over four years with the Sacramento Kings.”
His Siblings and Family
Marvin Bagley III hails from a very athletic family. As a matter of fact, he has basketball in his very veins down to his third generation. His maternal grandfather Joe Caldwell was an NBA star in his own right. He played in the NBA for 6 seasons (1964–1970) before hopping to rival American Basketball Association (ABA) where he played for 5 seasons before his career ended in 1975 due to a controversy involving his alleged influence on his teammate Marvin Barnes’ decision to leave the Carolina Cougars. He played as a guard/forward and was an All-Star in both leagues. Arizona State University in November 2010 retired his number 32.
Marvin’s father Marvin Bagley Jr. was a college footballer who played for North Carolina A&T and later played professionally for the Arena Football League’s Arizona Rattlers. It was while playing in the indoor league that he came to meet his future wife/Marvin’s mother Tracy Caldwell. Bagley’s father has long been the basketball coach of AAU team, Nike Phamily.
Bagley’s family have been very supportive of him, so much that they have stirred up a couple of controversies like when a tee shirt his father designed featuring his screaming face made it to a third-party website as against the NCAA rules. However, he later warned fans not to buy from those third-party sites.
During his high school years, Bagley’s father helped designed an online curriculum that made his son eligible for college after three years. It is no wonder that Bagley credits his family for everything he has achieved on and off the court.
Marvin Bagley III’s siblings include two younger brothers – Marcus Bagley and Martay Bagley. His middle brother Marcus is already following in Marvins’ footsteps. He played high school basketball in Sierra Canyon before transferring in October 2017 to Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has already received offers from Arizona State and UCLA. The Bagley brothers made headlines in July 2017 during their family’s visit to USC when Trojans coach Andy Enfield offered the three boys a scholarship.
Height and Weight
According to Marvin’s player profile on the official National Basketball Association (NBA) website, he stands at a height of 6 feet 11 inches. ESPN lists his weight at 234 lb.