Darius Bazley, a one-time Ohio State verbal commitment, has committed today to Syracuse.

A four-star power forward prospect from Cincinnati Princeton, Bazley is rated the No. 32 prospect in the nation and No. 1 in Ohio according to ESPN. He initially committed to the Buckeyes alongside friend Justin Ahrens from Versailles, Ohio, last summer but backed off his pledge this spring.

In an interview with The Dispatch, Bazley said in late April that he didn’t feel confident that Ohio State could get him ready to play in the NBA. He said he would continue to consider the Buckeyes, but the relationship between Bazley and then-coach Thad Matta had clearly cooled. Since then, Bazley added a number of scholarship offers from the likes of Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Purdue, Xavier, Louisville and Georgetown.

Newly hired Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann had not offered Bazley a scholarship.

Scout.com was the first to report Bazley’s commitment to the Orange.

Ahrens today announced a new scholarship offer from Vanderbilt after landing one from Virginia Tech on Sunday. He’s recently taken unofficial visits to N.C. State, Virginia Tech and Vanderbilt.

Ohio State has no verbal commitments for its class of 2018 and seven available scholarships, although it is unlikely Holtmann will use them all.

 

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