Evan Battey is one of the most unique prospects in the 2017 class nationally.
The Villa Park (Calif.) post can face up or play inside, can shoot it, is a terrific passer and rebounds in and outside of his area. The 6-foot-7, 280-pound rising senior is a potentially huge mismatch problem at the next level.
There’s a long list of suitors for Battey, as he listed nine programs that he’s spending the most time talking to.
Battey broke down what he likes about each of the aforementioned programs.
Colorado: “I’m going to take a visit to Colorado sometime in September. They value their bigs. They play through their four pretty well and do a lot of high and low post stuff and shoot jumpers.”
Miami: “I like Miami a lot. Coach (Jim) Larranaga watched me play in Vegas and he’s had a lot of undersized and underdog players who weigh a lot and are undersized and end up being good.”
Purdue: “They literally play through their bigs. They might get the most touches for the bigs in the country. Coach (Matt) Painter wants to get his players touches inside.”
DePaul: “It’s in the Big East and they let their fours and fives play. They do pick and pop and pick and roll.”
TCU: “They just offered me so I haven’t talked to them about how they would use me but I like that it’s in the Big 12.”
Fresno State: “They want me to come in and be an impact player my freshman year. They want me to help inside and out and be a stretch four.”
New Mexico: “They want me to play stretch four. Coach (Craig) Neal is a great coach and played in the league so he knows a lot about the NBA.”
Seton Hall: “They’re in the Big East and they play freely. They would let me play my game; they won’t put me in a box.”
Boston College: “They want me to come in, have an impact and be a glue guy and leader in ACC.”
The plan for Battey is to take all of his official visits before deciding.
“I really want to take five visits,” he said. “It doesn’t even mean I’ll choose one of those five schools but I want to take five visits.”
Until Battey sees some programs he’s not going to have a great feel for where he’s going.
“I’m two to three months away (from a decision) probably,” he said. “I’m still wide open.”