While Cole Swider and Jalen Carey have gotten the bulk of the attention when it comes to Syracuse’s 2018 recruiting strategy, particularly with both visiting campus last week, Darius Bazley has remained somewhat under the radar in Jim Boeheim’s efforts. The former Ohio State pledge has been blowing up, though, and with an impending visit to Syracuse coming this Friday, the mutual interest between player and school is putting him front and center for the 2018 wish list.
Bazley, a 6-foot-9 forward with tremendous length and athleticism, recently visited Indiana and picked up an offer from the Hoosiers. He also holds offers from Florida, Georgetown, Illinois, Louisville, Maryland, and his hometown Xavier, among others. Still, it’s hard to look at the talented combo forward and not see a prototypical Syracuse front line player.
The skinny, skilled, bouncy forward is ranked by Scout as the No. 42 player in the class of 2018, while ESPN ranks him No. 32 among the players in this year’s class. Bazley is skinny (like so many other Syracuse forwards), but simply oozes potential. He plays high above the rim, but can also handle the ball on the break and shows nice touch around the hoop. With his build and ability to finish at the rim he might remind Syracuse fans of Hakim Warrick, though the fact that he’s a lefty and can already knock down midrange jumpers could have others thinking of the most famous lefty in Orange hoops history – Derrick Coleman.
The Orange would love to land Bazley, who would pair nicely with Swider, if Syracuse is able to get a pledge from the 6-foot-8 shooter from Rhode Island. It still remains to be seen how many scholarships the Orange will have to work with in 2018, but a class including Bazley, Swider, and Carey would be an absolute home run.