Center isn’t a deep position on the West Coast in 2017 and schools from all levels are looking for more options at the position.
Evan Battey is doing his best to give coaches another post to recruit.
On Thursday at the Tarkanian Classic, the 6-foot-7, 280-pound center from Villa Park (Calif.) showed a high skill level for a center.
He’s a big kid with terrific hands who can really pass it. Battey is capable of using his size to post up smaller opponents, while he’s also comfortable facing up and shooting.
“I stretch the floor, can pick and pop and I play in the post,” Battey said. “It all depends who is guarding me. If it’s a little guy, I’m taking him into the post and if it’s a big guy I’m taking him onto the perimeter.”
The big question for Battey will be what kind of athlete he can become if he continues to get in better shape.
“My main focus right now is cutting weight,” he said. “At one point I was like 295. I’ve dropped about 15 pounds. I’m working out and eating healthier.”
Battey holds one offer right now, with a couple schools showing interest.
“Cal State Fullerton has offered and I’m being recruited by Arizona State and LMU,” Battey said.
The Sun Devils new staff has been by Villa Park to see Battey and the interest is mutual.
“I really like the school and coaching staff,” Battey said. “Bobby Hurley is a great coach.”
The junior will be looking for the right fit on and off the court.
“Education is important,” Battey said. “I’ll be looking at what majors and classes I can take.”