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How high will Duke's Marvin Bagley go in Thursday's NBA Draft?

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Marvin Bagley III looked like one of the top prospects for the 2018 NBA Draft when he arrived at Duke last summer and then played like one during his lone season of college basketball.

The versatile 6-11 Bagley averaged 21.1 points and 11.1 rebounds while helping the Blue Devils go 29-8 and reach the final eight of the NCAA tournament.

"When you average 21 and 11 and he was dominant on a nightly basis, I think there is no one better in the draft than him," Duke assistant coach Jon Scheyer said. "As good as he is now, I think his future is only brighter."

While the consensus among NBA Draft watchers is that Arizona's Deandre Ayton will be selected by Phoenix with the No. 1 overall pick, Bagley's name pops up quickly after Ayton's on the various mock drafts.

The draft is set to begin at 7 p.m. Thursday night from Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Here's a peek at what some draft analysts are saying about Bagley in their latest mock drafts:

David Aldridge, NBA.com

Where and when: Atlanta (first round, No. 3 overall)

What he said:“Bagley should be able to score and rebound immediately.”

Mike Schmitz, ESPN.com

Where and when: Dallas (first round, No. 5 overall)

What he said:“Bagley is built for the more transition-oriented NBA game, and he could turn out to be one of the best scorers in this draft.”

Ricky O’Donnell, SBNation.com

Where and when: Memphis (first round, No. 4 overall)

What he said: “If Bagley continues to improve as a shooter and ball handler, his offensive potential is immense. Memphis would be lucky to get him at No. 4.

Tyler Conway, BleacherReport.com

Where and when: Sacramento (first round, No. 2 overall)

What he said: “His athleticism and hustle, especially on the offensive end, should get him a ton of easy buckets near the rim on offensive rebounds. I'd be surprised if we don't see a 16-8 line from him during his rookie season.”

Broderick Turner, LAtimes.com

Where and when: Sacramento (first round, No. 2 overall)

What he said:“Versatile big man is the right fit for a team that drafted a point guard last year.”

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