Battle Picks Big Ten Program

Talor Battle is going to play in the Big Ten. The Albany native recently visited a program in the league and made his college decision as a junior.

The Penn State Nittany Lions landed their first verbal commitment from the junior class. 2007 guard Talor Battle visited campus and made his decision. Battle is a 5-foot-11 guard out of Albany (N.Y.) Bishop Maginn.

Actually, though the commitment is an early one, the Nittany Lions have been working him for quite a while. "They started recruiting him pretty hard at the end of last year and then they came in and watched him practice in the spring of last year," Albany City Rocks coach Jim Hart said. "He had gotten hurt at the Hoop Jamboree so Talor didn't really play in the live period.

"Then, he went down and did a visit there like a month ago. They went and saw him play last week and he had 43. His mom's from around there and they were pressing him to get a commitment. I knew they were going to put the full court press on him. It worked."

Battle is averaging 29 points a game as a junior. Not bad for a kid who broke his ankle six months ago. The ankle broke in multiple places and he's come back ahead of schedule, according to Hart.

Penn State nudged out UMass who was hot on his trail and Siena had done early work and offered. Michigan and Stanford had recently inquired.

"I think he's the kind of kid who wants to know that he's going to play right away," Hart said. "It wasn't like one visit and done. They've been here 3-4 times and he's been down there twice. They worked him hard. He wants to play at the high levels and Talor was thinking Big Ten, Big East or ACC.

"He's a player. He's a scorer and they won't try to reshape him. Talor's really a scoring point guard. I don't know how he does it at his size but he scores and gets a lot of rebounds. He's a tough kid. He leads our area in 3s by a mile and he's missed 5 games. He makes 5-6 3s every game."

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