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Former Ohio State commit Darius Bazley showing interest in Syracuse basketball

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The interest is mutual.

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Darius Bazley, a Class of 2018 prospect and ex-Ohio State commit, is showing interest in Syracuse, according to Brian Snow of Scout.com.

Snow reports that Bazley reached out to Syracuse, and the interest is mutual between the two sides. There isn’t any indication that Bazley has received an offer from the Orange yet.

Bazley is a four-star prospect, according to 247Sports. Jerry Meyer has him ranked No. 61 in the class, and the 17th-best small forward. Scout.com ranks Bazley has the 80th-best player in the class, while ESPN has him at No. 47.

He has offers from Florida, Maryland, Purdue, Xavier and Ohio State, although he eliminated the Buckeyes from contention after de-committing.

Bazley told The Columbus Dispatch the reasoning behind his de-committing:

It’s nothing against the school or anything, but my one ultimate goal is to get to the NBA and I just didn’t feel as confident as I did when I first committed that Ohio State was one of those schools that could get me there. At the end of the day I’ve got to perform no matter where I go, but I think there’s other schools out there that could put me on a bigger stage and in a better position to show those NBA scouts when I get to college what I can do.”

Bazley attends Finneytown Secondary Campus in Cincinnati, Ohio. 247Sports lists him at 6-foot-7, 185 pounds.

He’s a very good rebounder, above average passer and can handle the ball in the open court.

He runs with the C2K Elite on the Under Armour circuit.

“I need to get stronger,” Bazley told FanRag Sports. “It’s another step and I’m looking forward to playing at [the college] level. I’m looking forward to bigger and better things.”