Syracuse Lands Four-Star Forward Darius Bazley

Darius Bazley Syracuse Scout

Darius Bazley, the 6-foot-9 small forward from Princeton (OH) High School, committed to Syracuse on Monday per Scout.com, following an unofficial visit last week (June 30).

“To me, it was like no other,” Bazley told Scout. “A big part of the commitment was the coaches. I felt really comfortable around them and then felt really comfortable around me. Everything I’ve played for in basketball, I’ve been extremely cool with the coaches. Not only with basketball but as far as life.”

According to 247Sports, Bazley is ranked as the No. 43 overall player in the Class of 2018 and the No. 1 player from the state of Ohio. He is the first commit in Syracuse’s 2018 class. Bazley alone gives Syracuse the No. 19 ranked recruiting class in 2018 per 247Sports.

Bazley, a former Ohio State commit, also took unofficial visits to Louisville (May 31) and Indiana (June 21) following his decommitment from Buckeyes in the spring (April 26). In addition to Syracuse, Louisville, and Indiana, Bazley also received offers from Maryland, Florida, Virginia Tech and Georgetown following his decommitment.

“Syracuse is a great place,” said Bazley. “Coach [Jim] Boeheim is unbelievable. He’s a legend. They’re a great coaching staff and I trust their development that they’ll be able to get me to the next level.”

According to 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions, Syracuse is also the favorite for 2018 guard Eric Ayala Jr.. Ayala recently told D1VISION that he plans to make his decision on whether to stay in the Class of 2018 or reclassify to 2017 after the live periods in July. This restates what Ayala said back in May. He also plans to take visits after the live period.

Syracuse is already bringing in a stellar six-man recruiting class in 2017 composed of O’Shae Brissett, Bourama Sidibe, Marek Dolezaj, Howard Washington, Amaya Finklea-Guity, and Oppenheimer Nikki.

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