Former OSU recruit opts for G League instead of college

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Ohio State lost out prized recruit Darius Bazley a year ago, though it turns out the Cincinnati high school star will not play college basketball at all.

Bazley, who once was committed to OSU but ultimately signed with Syracuse, told Yahoo Sports that he instead will jump directly into professional basketball. The current high school senior will not play NCAA basketball next season, opting for the National Basketball Association’s G League.


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Brandon Jennings, shown playing for Detroit, was one of the first American players to choose a different route to the NBA than a college program.


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The NBA, which bars players from entering its draft until they have been graduated from high school for at least year, allows high school prospects to play in its developmental league, formerly known as the D League.

Bazley, a McDonald’s All-American, told Yahoo that he thinks he “might start a trend” of players opting for the G League instead of college basketball.

“I made sure that I knew what I was getting myself into,” he told Yahoo. “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.”

Since the NBA instituted a rule preventing high school players from going directly the draft, a few players have opted for something other than one season in college.

Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings played one season in Italy after high school. LiAngelo Ball withdrew from UCLA after being suspended early this season and played in Lithuania instead.

Base salaries in the G league begin at $19,500.

Bazley might not be the last prospect to opt for this route. ESPN reported earlier this month that the NBA is taking steps to end its one-and-done rule.

Contact Nicholas Piotrowicz at [email protected], 419-724-6110 or on Twitter @NickPiotrowicz




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