This Is What Happens When the Nation’s No. 1 High School Player Tries to Guard DeMar DeRozan

Bryan Brandom
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It’s been 12 years since the NBA allowed players to enter the draft straight out of American high schools. This Drew League meeting between three-time All-Star DeMar DeRozan and Marvin Bagley III, the No. 1 high school prospect in the class of 2018 according to most concerned outlets, will help explain why.

At the famed Los Angeles summer rec league, Bagley attempted to cover the Toronto Raptors guard one-on-one on the wing.

It didn’t turn out so well for him. After a slight stumble on a DeRozan crossover, Bagley then bit on a turnaround pump fake and the Raptors star hit him with an up-and-under.

The good news for Bagley is he should be in good hands in college after his senior year of high school.

The 6’11” power forward already has offers from top college programs like Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, and Arizona.

Oh, and despite his failure to guard one of the NBA’s best one-on-one scorers, Bagley managed to score 32 points in his squad’s 108-92 victory over DeRozan’s.