Marvin Bagley III disrespected by Deandre Ayton draft prediction

By Vincent Frank

At this point, it seems to be a foregone conclusion Arizona big man Deandre Ayton will go No. 1 overall to the Phoenix Suns. In fact, Ayton isn’t taking any more visits in the lead up to the 2018 NBA Draft later this month.

Reigning ACC Player of the Year and former Duke standout Marvin Bagley III doesn’t seem to be too happy about this being a foregone conclusion.

“It’s disrespectful and I use it as drive every single day,” he said, via ESPN. “At the end of the day, this is all talk right now. Eventually we’ll have to go on the court and we’ll have to play. That’s where all the talking ends.”

Bagley III had been considered a lock to go No. 1 overall once Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr. suffered a back injury last fall. But a tremendous performance from Ayton during an otherwise drama-filled freshman season with the Wildcats has pretty much secured his status as the top pick.

Ayton averaged 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds en route to earning the Pac-12 Player of the Year award. Meanwhile, the 6-foot-11 Bagley III averaged 21.0 points and 11.1 rebounds in earning the same award in the ACC.

Even if Bagley doesn’t go No. 1, the expectation here is that he’ll be a top-three pick with Ayton and overseas sensation Luka Doncic.