Colorado hopes the 6-foot-7, 275-pound California prospect will shoot, pass and post for the Buffaloes when it comes time to pick a college. Battey has been hearing from CU and he is expected to take a visit to Boulder.
Battey has never entered the borders of Colorado, but he hopes to change that so he can get to know the coaching staff, take in the sites and feel the vibe. If there’s something Boulder has abundance of, it’s vibe.
“I’ve heard a lot of great things about it. Just want to see how the campus is, obviously get to know the coaches a little better, see the scene a little bit. Just kind of check the vibe I get from the school as a whole,” Battey said.
“Coach [Tad] Boyle, coach [Bill] Grier, coach [Mike] Rohn. Coach Boyle about once every week … coach Rohn once a week. They all take time, they’re really good about reaching out,” Battey continued on CU contact.
The 2017 prospect plans to take visits before making a decision. He listed Miami and Purdue (West Lafayette) as potential places he’ll pack his bags for this fall and winter.
Purdue head coach Matt Painter recently put in a long phone call with Battey. It sounds like the forward slash center will land in a Power 5 school.
“TCU just offered. Clemson, Xavier, Kansas State and South Carolina in the mix right now,” Battey continued on other interest.
“Colorado is really the only [Pac-12] I have. I have two ACC [offers], couple Big East schools recruiting me.”
Battey is a Southern California native, pulling for both sides of the Trojans/Bruins rivalry as his parents raised him in a “house divide.” As in mom went to USC and dad went to UCLA. Battey put in a “nice little showing” this summer at the NBPA Top 100 camp and he’s trimming down to be more aggressive on the floor.
“Just trying to make sure my body is right, ready for college. Try to slim down to become more explosive, lightweight. That’ll get me over the hump. Right now I’m about 275, but I want to be about 245-250. I want to be solid,” Battey said on workout goals.
If he’s picking one player to compare his game to it has to be Draymond. The Buffs are looking at Battey to hit shots from the elbows, add intensity to the Coors Events Center and hit the boards.
“Ha, I get it a lot so … Some coaches give me DeJaun Blair, some give me Draymond Green, post, passer, shooter. I’d probably go with Draymond,” Battey said when asked how often people pull out the Tractor Traylor comparisons.
“[The Buffs] say they like how I post up and how I can actually play on the perimeter. They like to play their four-man from the elbows and operate. Coach Boyle said I could fit into that really well since that’s where I play. I play with passion.”