After issuing a verbal commitment to Ohio State last summer, 2018 prospect Darius Bazley has de-committed and announced his plans to reopen his recruitment.

Today, the four-star forward prospect from Cincinnati Princeton posted a note to Twitter announcing his plans.

“I would like to thank the entire Ohio State Men’s Basketball staff for believing in my ability to represent the university as a student athlete,” he wrote. “After speaking to my family, I have decided to de-commit and open up my recruitment. This decision has not been easy because my family and I have built a relationship with the staff at Ohio State but I would like to give myself the opportunity to explore other universities. I want to be sure to choose the school that fits me best both academically and athletically.

“Ohio State is still one of the schools that I will be considering.”

After missing part of his junior season following a transfer to Princeton, the 6-8, 195-pound Bazley is listed as the No. 47 overall prospect in the class of 2018 and the top one in Ohio. The Buckeyes have verbal commitments from two other members of the class: Upper Arlington guard Dane Goodwin, ranked No. 54 nationally by ESPN, and Versailles, Ohio, guard Justin Ahrens.

Bazley committed to the Buckeyes alongside Ahrens when the two snuck into coach Thad Matta’s office to surprise him with the news.

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