None and done? McDonald's All-American drops Syracuse commitment to enter G League
The times could be changing in college basketball.
With talk of the one-and-done era coming to an end in the near future, one domino might’ve fallen in that direction on Thursday.
According to a report from Yahoo’s Shams Charania, McDonald’s All-American Darius Bazley dropped his Syracuse commitment to join the G League. Nobody has ever bypassed college for the NBA’s developmental league.
Charania reported that Bazley, who is a projected top-10 pick in 2019, made that atypical decision because “the G League has the most to offer.”
“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. I see most guys now are spending time in the G League even after they went to school and the draft, so this gives me the chance to accelerate the process. 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.”
Bazley is coming off a solid McDonald’s All-American Game on Wednesday night in which he posted 11 points and 7 rebounds. The 6-9 forward will be eligible to sign a G League contract after he turns 18 in June.
Could this open the door for others to follow suit? Perhaps. It’s a bit surprising that it took until 2018 for a 5-star recruit to pass on college for the G League route. Others, like Brandon Jennings, have gone overseas instead of playing in college.
Bazley’s move will certainly be dissected closely by many.