#OTRHoopsReport: Future BIGS – February 9, 2015

Get ready to hear Marvin Bagley III name a lot in upcoming years. The class of 2018 is already separating himself as one of the nation’s best. Photo cred – Rob Blanchard/RJBSports

Our OTRHoopsReport.com team has logged tens of thousands of miles in the past year tracking the nation’s best prospects. Here is a quick peak at three underclassmen that the nation will be talking about for years to come.

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By: @JLHemingwayPSB

Marvin Bagley (Tempe, Ariz.), Corona Del Sol HS – 2018

Having grown a few inches since our previous evaluation, Bagley was listed at 6-foot-10 at the Hoop Hall Classic last month. The left-hander started the game versus Putnam Academy (Massachusetts) with an exclamation mark as he caught an alley-oop pass off a hi-lo feed. The lanky, combo post showed that he has springs in his legs while also having range on his jumper. However, most of his production still comes inside of 15 feet as he showed that he could score over opposing defenders with nice touch. Bagley will be in the conversation of one of the top five players in the BrandonClayScouting.com ELITE 25 for the class of 2018.

Samuel Japhet Mathias (Saxtons River, Vt.), Vermont Academy – 2017

Mathias was easily one of the best new names that we came across in Springfield, Mass., at the Hoop Hall Classic. The London, England native stands at 6-11 and could have the most complete back to the basket game in the sophomore class. He showed an advance skill set while posting up with angles on the block. He then was able to adjust with up and under moves and finish with either hand around the rim. Mathias showed he could run the floor and hit the face-up jumper in this evaluation. Watch for his name to enter the ELITE 60 when we rework the rankings in the spring.

 Tomas Murphy (Wakefield, R.I.), Northfield Mount Herman School – 2017

In our second viewing of Murphy he gave the same feel as he left us with in June at the Nike Elite 100 Camp in St. Louis. He is a blue collar forward who scores efficiently around the bucket. Murhpy has an advanced understanding of how to sit down in a stance to seal the defender with his back to the basket. His baby left handed jump hook in a win over Tilton HS (New Hampshire) showed why we have him ranked No. 13 in the ELITE 25.

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Jonathan HemingwayJonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. He is also on the Board of Selectors for the Naismith Trophy.  He is the publisher of CoachHemi.com. He has been involved in the community since 1996 as a coach, camp director and evaluator. You can reach him via email at JonathanHemingway@PeachStateBasketball.com and follow him on twitter @JLHemingwayPSB

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