Tyus Battle commits to Michigan

Five-star guard Tyus Battle makes an early college choice. He's headed to Michigan.

Michigan added a key 2016 commitment on Monday. Five-star junior guard Tyus Battle verbally committed to John Beilein and his staff on Monday.

“He loved Michigan and schools like Duke and Syracuse and Connecticut from the start,” his father Gary Battle told Scout. “When he went to the official visit to Michigan, it just confirmed it for him. I could tell when he was there, because he had a big smile on his face the whole time.”

“The way he interacted with Caris [LeVert], Spike [Albrecht], Aubrey [Dawkins] and especially coach [John] Beilein and Lavall [Jordan], he just hit it off with them well. The biggest thing is he’s going to be a ball handling guard.”

Tyus and his father both said the combination of academics and athletics played into his decision to pick Michigan over Duke, Louisville, Syracuse, Connecticut, Notre Dame, Kentucky and Ohio State.

“Just the mixture of academics and athletics,” Tyus told Scout when asked about his choice. “I really love the basketball situation and coach Beilein and the rest of the staff. They are amazing coached. You can see how they develop their players like Caris, Nik Stauskas and Tim Hardaway. That’s a big deal to me.”

Battle, a standout at Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernards, took his official visit to Michigan this past weekend. He also took recent trips to Louisville and Duke.

“I really liked the school going into the visit, but after I took the visit it clarified it,” Battle told Scout.

Battle is ranked as the No. 10 overall prospect and the No. 4 shooting guard in the 2016 recruiting class.

Experts' Take

Brian Snow: Tyus Battle is one of the elite wings in the entire country. He is a very good athlete who can really shoot it from deep, but he is more than just that. Battle does a good job of getting to the rim, and has a strong frame as well. Battle has continually gotten better throughout his high school career and has excelled in a high school setting, in AAU, and in USA Basketball proving that he can adjust to any style of play.

Josh Gershon: Tyus Battle is a huge commitment for Michigan. He's a long, athletic wing who can defend and play multiple positions at the next level and will give the Wolverines a lot of versatility as soon as he steps foot in Ann Arbor. Offensively, Battle can take defenders off the dribble or score with his jumper. He's a hard worker that has continuously progressed throughout his high school career and will no doubt continue that trend in college.

Rob Harrington: When I watch Tyus Battle, I see a player with the athleticism, skills and frame to play many years in the NBA. He's a fine spot-up shooter, understands how to play in structure yet also creates for himself, and he projects as a stalwart defender. I'd like to see him tighten up his ballhandling even further and think he can become more consistent, but overall he's a big-time impact player for college and beyond.

Evan Daniels: This is a massive pick up for John Beilein and the Wolverines. Beilein loves shooters with great size and that’s exactly what Tyus Battle is. He’s a perimeter marksman that stands 6-foot-6. Battle is also gaining confidence going off the dribble and to go with his size and impressive basketball frame, he’s also a quality athlete.


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