Darius Bazley, the number 32 recruit in ESPN’s top 100 2018 recruits, has committed to play for Jim Boeheim. Bazley is a 6-foot-8 foreword from Cincinnati, Ohio, who was originally committed to play for the home state Ohio State Buckeyes. After decommitting from the buckeyes, schools such as Florida, Louisville, Georgetown, Saint Louis, and Toledo jumped at the opportunity to have Bazley play for them.
Bazley fits the mold of a typical Boeheim recruit, he is a long, athletic wing who will make an impact immediately on defense and has the potential to be an impact offensive player. Bazley is a similar player to Jerami Grant in the amount of physical talent he has, but is raw, and will need time to develop the finer parts of his game.
Bazley sees himself as a long guard, or a forward at Syracuse, and believes he can be impactful on both offense and defense. The four star recruit decommitted from Ohio State looking for a “bigger stage”, and for a place that will help him reach his goal of making it to the NBA.
Bazley is considered to be an all around player, as he doesn’t do anything great, but he does just about everything well. If Bazley can extend his jumpers range to behind the arc, he could become a problem to guard for opposing teams, due to his size, athletic ability and his ability to pull up from mid range. He is a prototypical Syracuse recruit, as Boeheim continues to focus on players to fit his 2-3 zone, more than conforming to the new brand of high scoring, three-point shooting basketball.