DURHAM, N.C. – Duke freshman forward Marvin Bagley III was named the National Player of the Year and National Freshman of the Year by the Basketball Times. He becomes the 10th Blue Devil to earn Player of the Year honors by a national publication.
Bagley is the first Duke player since J.J. Redick in 2006 to be named a National Player of the Year. In total, 10 Blue Devils have earned 12 Player of the Year awards, with a record 10 of those honors coming under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Four have earned mention from Basketball Times, including Christian Laettner (1992), Shane Battier (2001), Redick (2006) and Bagley. Bagley, who was also tapped the NABC National Freshman of the Year, is the fourth Blue Devil to earn Freshman of the Year honors, joining Luol Deng (2004), Jabari Parker (2014) and Jahlil Okafor (2015).
In his one season in Durham, Bagley etched his name all over the Duke record books. He broke nine Duke freshman records including points (694), scoring average (21.0), rebounds (366), rebounding average (11.1), 30-point games (7), double-doubles (22), dunks (98), 15+ rebound games (8) and 20-10 games (12). The Phoenix, Ariz., native was named both the ACC Player and Freshman of the Year after becoming the 13th player to lead the conference in scoring and rebounding. He was the first Blue Devil and first conference freshman to accomplish the feat.
Bagley was one of just four players nationally – and one of two freshmen – to average 20.0+ points and 10+ rebounds this season. He ranked third in the NCAA and second in Duke history in double-doubles with 22. Bagley scored in double-figures in 32 of the 33 games he played in, including tying the Duke freshman scoring record with 34 points against Texas. He also broke the Duke single game freshman rebounding record by hauling in 21 against Florida State. His 98 dunks are the single-season Duke record.
Duke's National Players of the Year
Dick Groat, 1952
Art Heyman, 1963
Johnny Dawkins, 1986
Danny Ferry, 1989
Christian Laettner, 1992*
Elton Brand, 1999
Shane Battier, 2001*
Jason Williams, 2001
Jason Williams, 2002
J.J. Redick, 2005
J.J. Redick, 2006*
Marvin Bagley III, 2018*
(*selected by Basketball Times)