Battle discusses Syracuse visit, recruitment

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Tyus Battle, a five-star perimeter prospect, spoke to Scout about his recent decommitment from Michigan and his official visit to Syracuse.

Nine days ago Tyus Battle opted to back off a pledge to Michigan and reopen his recruitment. On Saturday at Nike’s Basketball Academy, Battle spoke out about his decision for the first time.

“My whole family just wanted to look at other schools and other options,” Battle explained. “I still really like Michigan a lot. I’m just looking at other schools and other options.”

The day Battle, a 6-foot-6 five-star wing, opened up his recruitment he also took an official visit to Syracuse.

“It was good,” Battle said of his fourth official visit. “I like Syracuse a lot. They have a great staff and coaches. I like Syracuse.”

What stood out most about the trip?

“Just their coaching staff is really good and it’s probably the closest school to home,” Battle said. “It’s like three hours away. They have a good team. I like Syracuse.”

The Syracuse visit was Battles fourth official. Prior to his original pledge, he also took official visits to Louisville, Duke and Michigan. Ohio State was also involved in his recruitment. Battle said the “same group” is now back in the mix in his recruitment.

“Everything is open,” Battle said.

With one official visit remaining, there’s a possibility he opts to take another trip, but he’s yet to make that decision.

“I’m not sure,” he said. “I’m going to talk to my parents and decide from there.”

On the court, Battle is back and participating in the action at Nike’s Basketball Academy after missing some of his junior season and the entire spring due a foot injury.

“[I’m] a little rusty but I know it’s going to take some time to get back,” he said. “It’s my first time playing in a while.”

Battle is currently regarded as the No. 6 small forward and the No. 18 overall prospect in the 2016 class.

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