For the first time since Malachi Richardson rocked the burger uniform, the Syracuse men’s basketball program will have a representative in the McDonald’s All-America game. Darius Bazley, the highly regarded forward from Ohio, was one of 24 players picked to compete in the most prestigious high school all-star game of the year.

The 6-foot-9 Bazley, who has already signed with Syracuse, has had one of the most rapid ascents on the national scene of any player in the 2018 class. After being ranked in the 40s and 50s prior to this past summer, the former Ohio State-commit rocketed up into the top 10-15 range following an impressive showing on the EYBL circuit.

The long, athletic, and skilled forward can do a little bit of everything on the court. He rebounds, scores at multiple levels, and has an above average handle for a player his size. This may seem like I’m going overboard, but his game is very similar to a young Derrick Coleman – right down to being a lefty.

Bazley is part of an outstanding recruiting class that Jim Boeheim and his staff are bringing in for next season, joining Jalen Carey and Buddy Boeheim to create an offensively gifted and versatile group.

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