Key Arizona State wing Marcus Bagley cleared to return, per report
Marcus Bagley is reportedly nearing a long-anticipated return to the floor.
The Arizona State wing has been fully cleared for a return to all basketball-related activities, coach Bobby Hurley told CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein. Bagley played just three games last season and only 12 the year before as he has battled major injuries during his time in Tempe. A return to the floor next season could give ASU one of the better “pick-ups” of the offseason.
Arizona State's Marcus Bagley (knee) has been fully cleared for all basketball related activities, per Bobby Hurley. Significant Pac-12 news.
Former Top-40 recruit who only appeared in three games last season due to injury.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) June 13, 2022
In the first two games of the 2021-22 season, Bagley looked like a legitimate stud. He scored 12 points and grabbed six boards in a win over Portland, then followed that up with 18 points and four rebounds against UC Riverside. Then he re-aggravated a knee injury on Nov. 15 and never returned.
In 12 games as a freshman, Bagley averaged 10.8 points and a team-high 6.2 rebounds, reaching double figures in seven of his 11 starts.
The former top-30 recruit (per the 247 Composite) could be one of the Pac-12’s better players if fully healthy. His return would also be a major boost for Hurley and Co. as this offseason has seen the Sun Devils lose Jalen Graham to transfer and Kimani Lawrence to graduation.