Checking In With Tyus Battle

In every class the Blue Devils will look to add elite backcourt help where applicable. That's true of 2016 where the Duke coaching staff has reached out to five star precept Tyus Battle, who will visit Durham next month.

It's been a long and gratifying experience for the Gary Battle, the father of five star shooting guard prospect Tyus Battle. Goals have changed, as have expectations as the 6-foot-5, 185 pound prospect has seen his game evolve. But, some core principals still remain according to the elder Battle.

"When we started this process back in sixth grade - that's when we believed Tyus could probably play at the college level - we had only a few things we wanted to achieve," said Mr. Battle. "We wanted Tyus to have a chance to play in college, and we told him if he could earn a scholarship to play Division I basketball, then that was a success. Now that we've continued to move forward and progress, I think we're probably going to achieve that goal, so we have to modify it a bit."

It's more than probable that Tyus will be playing at the college level with offers from a number of high major programs including Duke, Michigan, Connecticut, Syracuse Indiana, and others. The question now is which high major will land Scout.com's top ranked shooting guard in the rising junior class.

Certainly each of the programs listed, along with several others, have worked to make headway with Battle. He's made a few unofficial visits, and will make another next month to Duke. It'll be the next step in a recruitment that has already spanned three years at varying levels.

"The Duke coaches invited us down for an event they are hosting on June 28th, and we're going to make that trip for sure. It'll be good for Tyus to get to meet all the coaches, see the campus, and do that kind of thing. When they first got in touch with him it was Coach Collins doing a lot of the recruitment, but then he left for the Northwestern job. After he left, Coach Wojo was the guy we talked to the most, but he recently left to coach Marquette. Now we're talking to Jon Scheyer, and he's doing a good job with Tyus. I believe he was the point guard on their last title team."

At the moment the trip to Duke next month is the only planned visit for Battle, who is also participating in the Nike EYBL, and will also head to some skills academies during the summer. He'll also make a valiant attempt at doing something a lot of high major recruits sometimes forget.

"It's really crazy to see where recruiting and publicity can go with these guys. For me, my son is still a 16 year old kid. He's a kid who is gifted, but he's still just a kid. He likes hanging out with his friends, and being a normal 16 year old. We've talked about that and we've talked about how he has to balance that with his goals for the future."

One of those goals will be to make the various all-star games in a little more than a year, while also committing to a college program, and working to, perhaps, have a chance to play in the NBA one day. It's a step-by-step process that both father and player hope can be maximized to the fullest.

"Really, he's going to use basketball to get a great education, and maybe he can earn a living playing the game one day, but first he needs to make sure he gets that scholarship to a place that can help prepare him on and off the court. Right now he is motivated to see how good he can become. So long as he works hard, the rest will kind of take care of itself."

Battle is considered the No. 7 overall prospect in the class of 2016 by Scout.com and the nation's top ranted shooting guard.


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