|Posted on March 29, 2018 at 6:50 PM|
Article by Dan Tortora
It turns out that the madness of March was not over for the Syracuse Orange.
Following his participation in the McDonald's All-American game, Darius Bazley decided to take a different route in his basketball career, a route that did not go through Central New York.
Bazley, a commit of the Orange for the incoming 2018 recruiting class, went back on his vow to Syracuse in favor of letting his amateur status fly out the door completely.
Instead of heading to college, Bazley will bypass higher education for an opportunity in the G-League, the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s developmental league.
Following the recent McDonald's All-American game, Bazley will showcase his talents in the Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoop Summit, both in April of this year.
From there, Bazley will celebrate his 18th birthday in June, which will make him eligible to put his signature on the dotted line for a G-League contract in September and place his name in the G-League's upcoming draft in October.
No matter who he plays for in the G-League initially, no NBA team will hold his rights until he is officially drafted by an NBA squad in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Syracuse still has Buddy Boeheim and Jalen Carey set to join the team as members of the 2018 incoming recruiting class.
Returnees for the Orange will be point guards Frank Howard and Howard Washington, Jr., shooting guard Tyus Battle, forwards Marek Dolezaj and Oshae Brissett, and centers Paschal Chukwu and Bourama Sidibe.
Guard/forward Elijah Hughes will also be eligible to play for Syracuse after sitting out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules, and will have three seasons of eligibility in total.