Hoops Recruiting Central: Battle's visit

2016 guard Tyus Battle took a three-day unofficial visit to Bloomington this week. Find out who is early leader is and what timetable he's looking at.

I took a day off of the recruiting blog yesterday to bring you an update on the current Indiana freshman, but we're back at it today with news on 2016 guard Tyus Battle.

Battle was in Bloomington this week for an unofficial visit, and he stayed in town longer than he had planned. Battle and his family arrived on Tuesday afternoon, and left late Friday. They went to the Indiana's football team's season opener on Thursday night.

Battle watched Indiana's team workout on Tuesday afternoon and participated in open gym later in the week. A full three-day visit is very unusual and is a positive sign for Tom Crean and his staff.

"It was really tremendous," Battles father, Gary, told AllHoosiers.com. "He really did well mixing with the guys. He really was impressed with how hard they worked."

Battle, a 6-foot-4 combo guard, projects to be one of the top-ranked players in the 2016 class. His father said it'll still be awhile before Battle is ready to commit, but admitted Indiana is his son's early leader. Battle has already been on campus twice, the first time coming back in February for the Michigan game.

He is hoping to take a few visits before the high school season," Gary Battle said. "He says that coach Crean and Kenny Johnson and staff are really impressive. Love the academics opportunity and the basketball development is on point."

Battle has already taken unofficial visits to Connecticut and Miami, and will visit Michigan (Sept. 7) and Ohio State (Sept. 21) unofficially before the basketball season. Battle's father told AllHoosiers.com Battle plans to visit Syracuse and Villanova during the high school season.

"He is only 15 years old but IU is an awesome place," Gary Battle said. "I think it's safe to say IU is a pretty special place to him."

Because of guys like Victor Oladipo, Cody Zeller and Will Sheehey, recruits are talking more about Crean's player development than ever before. That issue is of primary importance to Battle, and he liked what he saw while he was on campus.

"His skill development is impressive," Gary Battle said. "Noah [Vonleh] and Troy [Williams] will be unreal in year two."

Other recruiting tidbits:

***Ahmed Hill, a 2014 guard from Georgia, told me today via text that he will take an official visit to Indiana, but he has not yet scheduled a date. Hoosier Hysteria on Oct. 4 is a possibility.

Hill trimmed his list to IU, Florida, Florida State, Marquette and Missouri last week.

***I did a story on it earlier, but former Indiana commit James Blackmon Jr. told me he will take an official visit to Bloomington before making a decision. Blackmon Jr. took an unofficial visit to Kentucky on Thursday, Louisville on Friday, and he is in Ann Arbor taking a look at Michigan today.

It should be interesting to see how his process plays out.

***I confirmed this week that 2014 forward Devin Robinson will take his official visit to Indiana for Hoosier Hysteria Oct. 4. Robinson, 6-foot-8, is the fifth-ranked small forward in the 2014 class and has tons of upside.

That's all for today. Thanks for reading.


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