— D Baze⚡️ (@BazleyDarius) March 29, 2018
(3-29-18) -After playing in last night’s McDonald’s All-American game, Cincinnati Princeton’s Darius Bazley has decommited from Syracuse and skip the college route to play in the NBA’s G-League. The Ft. Wayne Mad Ants are members of the that league.
Bazley decommitted from Ohio State after Thad Matta left the school and than committed to Syracuse last year.
The 6-9, 205-pound forward this season was named the Greater Miami Conference Player of the Year for Princeton and Division I All-State First Team this season. Bazley averaged 15.3 points per game and led the GMC in rebounds (10.5), assists (3.8) and blocks (2 per game).
Changing schools is nothing new for Bazley who played his Freshman and Sophomore season at Finneytown before transferring to Princeton, leading that league in rebounds in blocks for two seasons.
The NBA has considered the possibility of working with offering high school students an option after graduation and because of the recent investigation of the NCAA. Bazley could be the start of other players forgoing college to turn pro.