Battle cuts list, planning officials

Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard standout Tyus Battle has narrowed his list of schools to seven and is planning a pair of official visits for the spring.

Tyus Battle, one of the premier perimeters players in the 2016 class, has narrowed his list of schools to seven.

Battle’s father – Gary Battle – informed Scout that his son is down to Connecticut, Duke, Louisville, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Syracuse.

“We are pretty comfortable with this list,” the elder Battle said. “We worked really hard on it.”

What went into making this list of seven?

“Definitely relationship was part of the process,” Battle said. “Everybody we had to have a good relationship with. Every school had to have a plan for him academically. That’s something we asked for the schools to do. That was really important and how they were going to play him. That was probably the biggest of all. He felt pretty comfortable with these schools, even though they have different views of how they would play him.”

According to Battle, each school mapped out how they would utilize his son. He said Syracuse, Notre Dame and Ohio State planned to play him more with the ball in his hands, while the other four told them they would play him in a wing role.

Battle said it was tough cutting a couple of schools.

“The Florida schools were tough to cut,” he said. “We had a great relationship with [Jim] Larranaga. Virginia was tough to cut because they were such class acts. We love their pack line defense, but he wanted to go to a school that plays more possessions and a little faster.

Of the seven schools left, Battle has taken unofficial visits to all of them except for Notre Dame. Battle is currently working on scheduling his first two official visits.

“We are working on Duke for April and Louisville for the middle of March,” Battle told Scout.

According to the elder Battle, his son isn’t into the recruiting process, thus it could lead to an early college decision.

“As soon as possibly, we aren’t going to have a long recruiting process,” he said when asked about a decision timetable. “Tyus doesn’t really enjoy the process. We aren’t in a rush, but he’s not the kind of kid that is going to wait just because.”

Battle, a five-star prospect, is currently regarded as the No. 11 overall recruit and the No. 4 small forward in the 2016 class.

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