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Duke F Marvin Bagley Officially Declares For NBA Draft

Marvin Bagley reacts to a play during game against Syracuse.

DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 24: Marvin Bagley III #35 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after a play against the Syracuse Orange during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 24, 2018 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Duke's Marvin Bagley is leaving for the NBA, as expected.

Bagley, a strong bet to be a top-5 pick with an outside shot at going No. 1, officially declared for the NBA this afternoon. He spent one season at Duke.

The top player in the 2018 class, Bagley reclassified last summer when he committed to the Blue Devils. He helped Duke reach the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

Bagley made his announcement on Instagram.

I can’t believe the time has come for me to say this but I would like to announce that I will be declaring for the 2018 NBA Draft. First off I want to thank Jesus for putting me here and allowing me to show my gifts that he has given me. I want to thank my family and everyone who has been in my corner since day one, the support has meant a lot to me. I also want to thank those who doubted me and continue to doubt me, it only pushes me to get better every single day. I learned a lot this year on and off of the court and I’m thankful for the opportunity. Thank you Duke!!

In his lone season, Bagley led the Blue Devils in points (21.0) and rebounds (11.1) per game. Despite missing four games with a minor knee injury, he recorded 22 double-doubles.

Bagley scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in his final collegiate game, an 85-81 loss to Kansas in the Elite Eight. He averaged 20.5 points per game in the NCAA Tournament.

Bagley is the first Duke freshman to leave for the NBA. Wendell Carter Jr. and Trevon Duval are expected to follow in his footsteps, with Gary Trent Jr. also possibly turning pro.