Tyus Battle: Sophomore Sampler

New Jersey never lacks for talent and always feature a hyper-competitive assortment of prospects competing for attention, but gaining notice never has been difficult for Battle.

Before he'd even taken the court for his freshman season, Tyus Battle had received scholarship offers from Syracuse, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Vanderbilt, Rhode Island and Miami. Most players at that stage don't even exist in the minds of college coaches, but Battle already had won a reserved spot on a high-major collegiate roster.

By last spring, playing on the live spring travel circuit, he solidified his place early among the Class of 2016 elite. Battle's natural scoring talent and all-around ball skills made him an obvious choice as a potential top-10 prospect for the duration of his high school career.

He soared throughout the remainder of spring and summer. By August, he had accumulated 16 total offers and clearly was headed down the path of an accelerated recruitment. At this point he continues to juggle a large list of suitors and either has made or at least scheduled some unofficial visits, including to Syracuse, Michigan and Indiana.

He's obviously going to be the subject of an intense recruitment in the Northeast, but those Big Ten programs also jumped out to an aggressive start. Whether he decides early or opts to wait, Battle already boasts myriad collegiate options.

On the court, his talent is easy to identify. He's a big-time perimeter shooter with easy range from downtown and also is a capable pull-up shooter who elevates very high off the dribble. He's a fine handler as well with an above-average first step, and thus he can play without the ball or use it to create for himself.

Battle is slender but not frail, and over time he should develop ample strength to play on both ends of the court. Though not yet truly awe-inspiring in terms of run/jump athleticism or lateral quickness, he already rates plenty highly in those areas.

One question that may emerge is whether he's a natural guard or a natural wing forward, but unless he grows another couple inches we believe he can play in the backcourt. In the meantime, he'll continue to shine in his home state and traveling nationally.

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