Marvin Bagley III turned 14 in March. He picked up his first college basketball scholarship offer in April from Northern Arizona.

Three days after finishing the seventh grade last month, the 6-foot-8, 185-pound forward had another, from Arizona State, walking distance from his home, where, on fall Saturday nights, he can tell how the football team is doing by the sound of fireworks set off after Sun Devils touchdowns.

Scholarship offers soon followed from the University of San Francisco and Creighton.

This is heady stuff for a kid who has yet to decide on a high school, much less a college, and who like most kids his age likes to play video games, hang out with friends and play music.

It's the kind of stuff that causes eyes to roll — until you see the highlight tape that has him looking like LeBron James next to kids his age who come up to his chest, putting down dunks, floating in soft jumpers with his left hand, making darting moves and passes in the lane with the ease and grace of a polished point guard.

"A lot of times you won't believe what is on highlights," said Sundance Wicks, a former Division I college basketball player and coach who trains players, including Bagley, in the Arizona Power Basketball Academy three times a week at Gilbert Christian. "I mean, a lot of times you get people who won't believe the hype.

"But when you get to watch him go against (2013, 6-11 center) Maurice Kirby, who is going to Virginia Tech, and (2014, 6-9 forward at Tempe Corona del Sol High) Connor MacDougall, who is going to ASU, he belongs. When he's in there doing stuff at a very cerebral rate of a senior in high school or a guy going into college, he is advanced beyond his years. That's all you can say."

Bagley doesn't play on his junior high team.

"If he did, he'd score a hundred points," said John Ortega, who runs the Arizona Power Basketball Academy.

Bagley plays on the Power's 16-and-under AAU team that features 6-6 wing Dane Kuiper, who moved this spring from Alaska, where he was one of that state's top high school players, and will be a junior at two-time defending Division I state champion Tempe Corona del Sol.

"I get roughed up a little bit, but I think it helps me a lot when I play my age group," said Bagley, whose favorite NBA player is Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant. "I like playing up."

While his game has taken off, getting him ranked as the top 2018 player in the country by some recruiting services, Bagley's head hasn't.

He is taking the hype, the scholarship offers, the national attention, all in stride.

"He is the type of kid who doesn't pay too much attention to it," said his father, Marvin Jr. "It's in the papers, on TV or on the Internet. You're going to see it. I try to explain to him, the same way someone tells you how good you are, the next day they can tell you how bad you are. So you can't let that make you who you are. What you do determines who you are. He's a pretty down-to-earth kid."

Bagley, who earned a 4.0 grade-point average during the 2012-13 school year at South Valley Prep and Arts School, a charter school, turned down a Memorial weekend basketball trip with the Power so he can spend the holiday with his family.

"I don't think about it," Bagley said about the hype surrounding his whirlwind ride in club channels. "Whenever I step on the court, I try to just focus on getting better. I don't worry about all of the extra stuff. It will come with hard work."

Bagley said his little brother Marcus, a 5-10 point guard who just finished fifth grade, is better than him.

"We play one on one once in a while," Marvin said. "He beats me sometimes. It makes him better. It makes me better. I think he's better than me. He has more tools than I had in the fifth grade."

Bagley's athletic bloodlines make it even more tempting for college coaches to offer him now.

His father was a 6-5 wide receiver at North Carolina A&T State and played Arena football for the Arizona Rattlers in 1998, which is when he met his wife, the daughter of legendary ASU basketball player Joe Caldwell.

Jumpin' Joe Caldwell, a fixture at Sun Devils games, has told people around ASU about his grandson.

"If the bloodlines are correct, then maybe you have to look at it," the 71-year-old Caldwell said. "In the seventh grade, I was dunking with two hands. He has springs."