Five-star forward Darius Bazley was committed to Syracuse.
That is no longer the case.
Bazley announced today that he has decommitted from Syracuse and will forego college altogether, electing instead to go straight to the G-League. He will make somewhere in the neighborhood of $25,000 with whatever organization takes him.
The Cincinnati, Ohio native explained his decision to Yahoo, saying, “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. I see most guys now are spending time in the G League even after they went to school and the draft, so this gives me the chance to accelerate the process. There have been a lot of successful guys who have been brought up in the G League, and I’m confident that I will be one of them.”
If you’re worried this may spark a movement of five-star prospects picking the G-League over college, I wouldn’t worry too much because this seems like a pretty terrible decision. College provides invaluable instruction and development, plus personal branding and countless other benefits, while the G-League means riding on a bus between Fort Wayne and Des Moines.
Good luck to him though. I hope he likes road trips and three-star motels.