NBA news: Top prospect Darius Bazley will not play in G League, will use year to train and prepare for 2019 draft
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Top prospect Darius Bazley will not play in G League, will use year to train and prepare for 2019 NBA Draft

Darius Bazley

Top NBA prospect Darius Bazley has yet again taken a U-turn with regards to his plans this coming season. After initially decommitting from Syracuse in order to pursue a stint in the NBA G League, the 18-year-old has changed his mind and will instead be training on his own as he prepares for the 2019 Draft.

The former Princeton High School standout spoke to Shams Charania of The Athletic about his most recent change of heart.

“Talking about it over with my group, we felt confidently that the G League wasn’t going to be needed and now I can use this time to work on my craft,” said Bazley.

His “group” is led by agent Rich Paul, who also happens to be LeBron James’ agent and close friend, so Bazley is not exactly being completely crazy here.

Bazley went on to explain why he believes a year in the G League would not be beneficial for his career.

“The G League is the only league where winning might not be everything,” claimed Bazley. “Development is the most important aspect, but guys are playing for the team and at the same time trying to play for themselves. That’s not the type of guy I am. For me in those settings to just get mine, I’ve never been brought up that way. I feel basketball is a team sport and everybody is supposed to eat. In the G League, that’s not the way it is. Everyone is trying to get an opportunity to go to the NBA.”

Finally, ESPN’s No. 13 prospect in the 2018 class reiterated how fully committed he is to his own decision.

“I take pride in my decision. There are no regrets at all,” he stated. “At the end of the day, people are going to do what they want to do. Whether it’s going to college, whether it’s skipping college to go to the NBA, whether it’s quitting basketball altogether — people will make their choices. This decision is what I wanted to do, and I embrace that. It’s my life, my decision, my path and my journey.”

Bazley will have one whole year to prepare for the 2019 NBA Draft. At that point we shall all see if his unorthodox approach will actually pay dividends.