Syracuse loses top basketball recruit to G League

Syracuse loses recruit to G League

Forward Darius Bazley drops commitment he made last year to play for the Orange.
Published: March 30, 2018
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Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim lost his highest-rated recruit of the past decade when forward Darius Bazley opted to go pro early.

One day after putting up 11 points and seven rebounds in the McDonald’s All American Game, forward Darius Bazley announced he will not attend Syracuse. Instead, he will sign a contract in the NBA G League in September.

Bazley is the No. 8 overall player in the 2018 class, according to 247Sports. He originally committed to playing for Syracuse last July.

Bazley will be the first high-profile prospect to play in the G League instead of going to college.

He told Yahoo Sports, “This is a life-changing decision. It’s just like making the decision to which college you want to go to. Ultimately, playing professional basketball has always been my dream. It’s always going to be the dream goal, always going to be the goal until I achieve it. This is going to put me one step closer to doing so.” He added, “The G League will have the most to offer, considering that is the development league for the NBA.. I will get more out of that than going overseas. The G League is the closest thing to the NBA.”

This sparked a lot of conversation among past, present and future Syracuse players. This included fellow recruit, Jalen Carey.

Syracuse lost two players earlier this week. On Monday, forward Matthew Moyer announced he was going to transfer.

Braedon Bayer, who played a critical role in Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament win over Michigan State, is seeking graduate opportunities. Bayer came to Syracuse two years ago, but sat out last season due to NCAA regulations.

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is a contributor to The NewsHouse at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.