The Colorado Buffaloes got excellent news on Tuesday afternoon as one of their top targets, Evan Battey picked the Pac 12 program. The Buffaloes snagged the four-star prospect over Miami and Purdue, and he gives them one of the most unique players in the class of 2017.
When Battey walks onto a basketball court he looks like he got lost, as he most closely resembles a left tackle. At 6-foot-7 and 280 pounds, Battey is someone who seems destined to played offensive line, and had he gone that route there is no doubt he would have been a high level recruit as well.
Instead Battey went with his heart and skipped the football field and played basketball. While he doesn’t pass the initial look test, once the game gets going few players have been more consistently productive than Battey.
While he definitely needs to continue to get into better shape, which will happen in a college weight program, Battey has unique feet. Many times in the summer he would get switched out on high ball screens, and Battey was more than able to defend on the perimeter by moving his feet.
His quick and nimble feet are big on the defensive end, making him someone who can really derail ball screen heavy offenses, but also it works well on offense. He is crafty around the rim and uses angles well to create space and score.
Also Battey is someone who can play on the perimeter. While not a knock down three point shooter by any stretch, Battey is more than capable of hitting shots from three, and also likes to take bigger and slower defenders off the bounce.
While Battey has such a unique skillset, he does come with some questions. He almost assuredly will have to play center in this day and age of college basketball, and despite being a problem on offense, on defense he can struggle to defend legit 6-foot-10 guys.
Also finishing over consistent length and athleticism on the inside could be tough for him, given the nature of him being undersized.
Still there is no doubt that this is a good get for Colorado. Battey’s unique skillset makes him someone who will cause problems for opposing coaches, and when you add in the fact that he is likely to be a team leader given his big personality, and there is a lot to like about what is being built in Boulder.