SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Duke freshman forward Marvin Bagley III earned a pair of postseason honors Sunday night, being named both the National Freshman of the Year and the Pete Newell Big Man of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
Bagley becomes the third Blue Devil to garner the Pete Newell Award, joining Mason Plumlee in 2013 and Jahlil Okafor in 2015. He is the first Blue Devil to earn the NABC’s Freshman of the Year, and the fourth from Duke to earn a national Freshman of the Year honor. Duke’s previous Freshman of the Year honorees were Luol Deng (2004), Jabari Parker (2014) and Okafor (2015) as selected by the USBWA.
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.
Bagley is a finalist for the John R. Wooden National Player of the Year Award which will be presented Friday in Los Angeles.