Oklahoma City Thunder forward Darius Bazley has created his own unique path into the NBA that many athletes haven’t encountered before. His story begins with the support of Klutch Sports Group’s top NBA agent Rich Paul who signed Bazley as an NBA prospect and jumpstarted his journey from a “million-dollar internship” with New Balance into the world of basketball.
The basketball documentary titled Gap Year follows the rookie athlete from high school graduation to the NBA Draft. Lebron James appears as the producer of the documentary set to release on December 1st on network platforms through 1091 Pictures.
Gap Year follows Bazley deciding to skip college to sign a “million-dollar internship” with New Balance while gearing up for a spot on the 2019 NBA Draft. Once he was able to compete, he was selected in the first round of the draft and just recently finished his rookie season with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The NBA Draft has an official rule expecting players to be at least 19 years old and have played one year of college basketball to be eligible for the draft. At the time of the draft Bazley decided on an unorthodox path with Klutch Sports Group guiding him through the internship and joining the NBA G League.
“When it came to making my decision to doing those things, I always just had in mind what was best for me and my family and which route would help me achieve my dream, which was getting to the NBA,” Darius Bazley told Forbes.”All were capable of doing so, but taking the route I chose to take was what made more sense to me and my family when it came to making the decision to take that path.”
The documentary includes interviews with Rich Paul, ESPN’s Jay Williams and Jay Bilas, New Balance global marketing director Patrick Cassidy, NBPA executive director Michele Roberts, and rapper Dave East. Watch the official trailer down below: