Five-star recruit Darius Bazley to decommit from Syracuse, join G League

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Five-star prospect Darius Bazley is skipping college and plans to play in the NBA G League, he told Yahoo Sports on Thursday afternoon.

Bazley, a 6-foot-8 forward from Ohio, is ranked No. 9 in the ESPN 100 for the 2018 class. He committed to Syracuse last June and signed with the Orange during the early signing period in November.

“This is a life-changing decision,” Bazley told Yahoo. “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 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.”

Bazley is the first five-star prospect to skip college for the G League, after several players have gone the overseas route. Like most high school players, Bazley is ineligible for the

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