Oklahoma City Thunder forward Darius Bazley does things his own way. The documentary, Gap Year, which chronicles Bazley’s unconventional path from high school to the NBA, released on most streaming services on Tuesday. The Gap Year trailer can be viewed above.
A top-20 recruit out of Princeton (OH) High School in 2018, Bazley decomitted from Syracuse University with plans to spend a season in the G League before entering the 2019 NBA Draft. But after signing with Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, Bazley ditched his G League plans in favor of training on his own for a season.
Bazley would land a “1 Million Dollar Internship” with New Balance, becoming the first basketball athlete to join the athletic brand as it relaunched in the category. Gap Year follows Bazley as he attempts to navigate a completely unique path to the League. (He would eventually be drafted 23rd overall in 2019.)
The documentary includes interviews with Bazley’s agent and Klutch Sports Group founder Rich Paul, ESPN’s Jay Williams and Jay Bilas, NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts, New Balance Global Marketing Director Patrick Cassidy, rapper Dave East and more.
Gap Year was produced by UNINTERRUPTED, a division of LeBron James‘ The SpringHill Company, in association with SLAM & RTG Features, and has distribution from 1091 Pictures.
Ryne Nelson is a Senior Editor at SLAM. Follow him on Twitter @slaman10.