This article is part of our Freshman Haze series.
Last week I decided not to write about Marvin Bagley III because he barely played in the Blue Devils' win over Michigan State. If I am going to write about freshmen, then I have to write about him this week. He willed Duke to wins over Texas and Florida in the PK80 Tournament, and in doing so pushed himself into the early top spot for Player of the Year. One general note on freshmen in the early going: usually there are players from the lower tiers that bubble up to compete with the most highly touted players at least statistically. This year, it hasn't happened yet. The top players are all from the schools you might expect. Let's look at Bagley and some other top producing players.
Marvin Bagley III (F)
Phil Knight should just sign Bagley up now after he put on a clinic in the PK80 Tournament to celebrate the Nike creator's birthday. The 6-foot-11 forward is able to stand out among many top recruits and was unstoppable around the basket just when Duke needed him most. His stats are skewed down because of his 10-minute game against the Spartans in which he was poked in the eye by his teammate, but over his last five games, Bagley is averaging 25.0 points and 12.8 rebounds. Bagley is judicious with his 3-point shot and has only taken 13 (making four), which is wise because he is incredible around the tin. It is hard to imagine that he won't be