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Darius Bazley making jump from high school to NBA G-League

Will this begin a pipeline of high school stars to the NBA G-League?

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If you follow recruiting, you probably know who Darius Bazley is.

Over the past year, the Syracuse Orange commit has slowly risen to become one of the high school seniors in the nation, not to mention a top-11 recruit in every major recruiting service.

Bazley is actually ranked No. 8 overall by 247 Sports Composite, which measures all of the major recruiting services. He’s the kind of talent that could easily be a one-and-done player in college.

However, it appears he’ll be a rare none-and-done, opting instead to enter the NBA G-League, according to Yahoo Sports.

Bazley, 17, told Yahoo Sports he has decommitted from Syracuse and will play in the G League after discussing several options with his mother, Lynnita Bazley, close family members and Princeton (Cincinnati) High School coach Steve Wright.

This could be really bad news for college basketball, as there have already been reports the NBA could put more resources into the G-League, making it more attractive for high school stars to skip college and go straight to the minor league of the NBA.

I seriously doubt any of UK’s signees will do this, as Keldon Johnson, Tyler Herro and Immanuel Quickley don’t appear to be on NBA radars like Bazley is.

But could this lead to guys like RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish, Bol Bol or Zion Williamson skipping college to turn pro early?

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