Arizona’s DeAndre Ayton and Duke’s Marvin Bagley III were selected with the first two picks of last night’s draft, but for one year in high school the two top NBA rookies actually played together on a terrifying super team at Hillcrest Prep in Mesa, Arizona.
In 2015, Ayton – the nation’s top rated junior – and Bagley – the country’s top soph – left California high schools to join up at the recently established basketball academy. The two only played 12 games together before Bagley’s dad yanked him from the school, midway through the season, after a disagreement with the coach and enrolled III at Sierra Canyon in L.A.
The two never won a title together because they didn’t finish the season, but did manage to each post 30-point double doubles in a win. Hillcrest won the high school national title with just Ayton in 2017. It’s scary to think how good they would have been had Bagley stayed.