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Darius Bazley, a 6-foot-9 Class of 2018 small forward from Princeton (OH), committed to Syracuse on Monday.
The news was first reported by Scout.com.
Ranked the No. 10 small forward in 2018 by 247Sports.com, Bazley also consdiered Florida, Georgetown, Illinois, Louisville, Maryland, Purdue, Xavier and others.
“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.
“Syracuse is a great place. 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.”
Bazley is Syracuse’s first commit in 2018. Assistant Allen Griffin gets the assist.
“That was important because hew as the one recruiting me,” Bazley said. “He’s cool. He’s really cool. When I went up on the visit, I just liked being around him. Coach Griffin was really important in my decision.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.