Marvin Bagley III

Marvin Bagley III is the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2018 and considering reclassifying for the upcoming college basketball season, so naturally all the top programs are using every trick up their sleeve to lure him in. USC coach Andy Enfield even offered a scholarship to his seven-year-old brother Martray, according to father Marvin Bagley Jr.’s Instagram.

USC has offered all three Bagley boys! @mb3five @marcus @itspoohpooh_baby #TEAM BAGLEY ??

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Hey man, we get what adding a 6’11” forward with elite athleticism, scoring and shooting can do for a program that hasn’t reached the Sweet 16 since 2007. But offering a package deal for a seven-year-old is a bit much, even if it’s all just in good fun and for publicity. That goes way beyond Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin offering a scholarship to a sixth-grader and Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich giving one to a fifth-grader.

We’ve seen how family can affect a player’s college decision. Michael Porter Jr., the top recruit in the Class of 2017, committed to Missouri after new coach Cuonzo Martin hired his dad as an assistant.

Who knows if Enfield will even be at USC in 11 years? The program has gotten better in each of his four years, but you never know with the way coaching personnel turns over in college basketball.

Bagley has also visited Duke and will visit Arizona next week.


About Jesse Kramer

Jesse is a writer and editor for The Comeback. He has also worked for and runs The Catch and Shoot, a college basketball website based in Chicago. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Follow Jesse on Twitter @Jesse_Kramer.