Darius Bazley may change the game of basketball forever, but not by his effort on the basketball court, but by his decision to forfeit his college eligibility and decide to play in the NBA‘s G-League. The G-League is the official minor league of the National Basketball Association.
Bazley is one of the top players in the 2018 recruiting class. He initially signed with Syracuse and was all set to play college basketball there next season, but announced on March 29 that he will go to the G-League to start his professional career.
To some, this may be a very risky move considering the importance of an education, but to others this a great move considering the financial situation that comes with being a student-athlete.
G-League players are automatically guaranteed $75,000 and will have the opportunity to spend up to 45 days with an NBA franchise. Bazley will ultimately get a professional basketball experience and get paid in the process. Two things a college basketball player is unable to do.
Bazley’s decision can have many possible consequences, but he may have just opened the door for several players to skip college and go straight to the G-League. It will be interesting to see how this affects the game of basketball at all levels.
By Justin Smith