Arizona State junior forward Marcus Bagley was hoping to have a big 2022-23 NCAA season. Unfortunately for Bagley, that hope has experienced a sudden speed bump.
Bagley impressed during his freshman season at Arizona State during the 2020-21 season. He was a name that was starting to heat up in NBA draft circles. Scouts were intrigued at the offensive upside and scoring potential that Bagley had. As the younger brother of Detroit Pistons forward Marvin Bagley, Marcus has the talent to score in bunches.
At 6'8" and 215 pounds, Marcus can present problems to opposing teams. During his freshman year, Bagley averaged 10.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game while shooting 34.7% from three.
Fast forward to two years later and Bagley was looking like a player who could explode as a junior. Unfortunately, the past two years for Bagley haven't been pleasant. Bagley has appeared in just two of Arizona State's seven games this year, raising questions about his role on the team.
Arizona State wing Marcus Bagley suspended
Many around the basketball world wondered why Marcus Bagley wasn't getting more minutes as a junior. That was until Bagley himself took to social media to explain what was happening.
Bagley put out a statement on Twitter, saying that he made some mistakes by voicing some comments toward the coaching staff. According to Bagley, his comments were directly toward head coach Bobby Hurley.
The 6'8" junior said in his statement over and over again that he made some mistakes with his actions. Bagley then followed up with another tweet, saying that he was eventually suspended for putting his statement on Twitter.
It's become one of the most fascinating mysteries when it comes to the college basketball world. At one point, Bagley looked like a sure bet to find himself drafted into the NBA. After this recent turn of events, teams are scratching their heads at the developing situation.
Marcus Bagley still has the offensive versatility and scoring ability to be an effective player at the next level. For now, it looks as if he's going to have to hope to get out of the dog house at Arizona State. Bagley has played two games this year, averaging 12.5 points and 4.0 rebounds while shooting 33.3% from three-point range.