Wednesday night, Syracuse fans thought they were getting a glimpse of their future with Darius Bazley participating in the McDonald’s All-American Game. Thursday, they had the rug pulled out from underneath them by the NBA G League.
According to a report from Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports, Bazley has decided to de-commit from Syracuse and will now enter the NBA’s developmental league instead.
“This is a life-changing decision,” Bazley told Charania. “I put a lot of thinking into this with my mom and close circle, especially sitting down with her. It’s just like making the decision to which college you want to go to. Me and her did some talking, and I prayed on it.
“I talked to my high school coach, Steve, who played overseas, and then I talked to a couple of guys in the G League who have experience. 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.”
The No. 8 overall recruit in the nation for the Class of 2018 according to the 247Sports composite rankings, Bazley had been committed to Syracuse since July 2017. And Syracuse even thought it was official when he signed his national letter of intent on Nov. 8.
However, Bazley has decided that he’ll be better prepared for the NBA by joining the G League, making him the first major college prospect to do so. It’ll be extremely interesting to see what sort of precedent this sets moving forward, especially considering the shadow looming over college basketball thanks to the FBI probe into corruption within the sport.