ASU men's basketball forward Marcus Bagley declares for NBA Draft

The freshman forward averaged 10.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in 12 games played in the 2020-21 season

ASU men's basketball freshman forward Marcus Bagley announced on Twitter Tuesday that he has declared for the 2021 NBA Draft. 

Bagley said in his post he will "explore all of my options." His father, Marvin Bagley Jr., told ESPN's Jonathan Givony Tuesday that he has not yet hired an agent.

The NBA's early-entry withdrawal deadline, which allows players to return to school if they choose to do so, is set for July 19.

Bagley told ESPN he wants to display more of his game during the draft process, which does not close the door on a return to ASU if he feels he could increase his value playing another year. He said in his post he would "love to play college basketball for another year" and playing for ASU has fulfilled a "childhood dream."

Bagley played 12 games for ASU in 2020-21, sustaining multiple injuries throughout the season that kept him out of the lineup. He averaged 10.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game while playing 29.2 minutes per game. 

Bagley is currently projected to be selected in the late first round of the draft. Bleacher Report projects him to be selected at No. 27, while CBS Sports projects him to be selected a pick later.

His brother, Marvin Bagley III, plays in the NBA as a member of the Sacramento Kings. 

"I'm so proud of Marcus!" ASU head coach Bobby Hurley tweeted Tuesday. "He has a limitless future ahead of him. He has the full support of Sun Devil men's basketball as he pursues his NBA dream."

Bagley is the second Sun Devil to declare for the draft since the season ended, following fellow freshman Josh Christopher when he announced his declaration on March 31.

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