Battle looks back at lengthy trip to Indiana

2016 guard Tyus Battle took his second unofficial visit to Indiana in six months last week. Hear what he had to say about Noah Vonleh, Cook Hall and the IU football team.

Tyus Battle, a 2016 guard from New Jersey, took one of the longer unofficial visits you'll see last week when he was in Bloomington.

Battle, one of the top players in the class and Indiana's top target, arrived on Tuesday afternoon and stayed in town until late Friday evening. He watched a team workout, played in an open gym session, toured the campus, and hung out with the current players and coaches.

Plus, Battle and his father got to attend the Indiana football opener against Indiana State on Thursday night.

"It was great. I didn't know Indiana could score like that," Battle told "They scored 73 points or something like that."

Battle's relationship with the Indiana coaching staff has developed quickly and his father admitted that the Hoosiers are the early leader for Battle's services. Battle said he first heard from Indiana during his freshman basketball season, and assistant coach Kenny Johnson has been recruiting him hard ever since.

"Probably the closest relationship I have is Kenny Johnson," Battle said. "I've seen him at a lot of my games. My dad says he's a really good guy."

Battle hasn't yet begun his sophomore year of high school and already he's visited Indiana two times. For an Indiana kid, that would be significant. For a non-Indiana kid like Battle, it's quite remarkable.

"No, I would have never expected that," Battle said of visiting a school twice already. "The first time I went there, I just went for the [Michigan] game, and that got me really interested in the school so I wanted to go back and see the campus and everything. That's what I did this time."

Battle was hosted by Indiana freshman Noah Vonleh, and he got a first-hand look at just how hard Vonleh works.

"He was really good. Real good guy, crazy work ethic, and nice kid," Battle said.

Added Battle's father, Gary: "Crean's player development is impressive. Noah and Troy [Williams] will be unreal in year two."

Battle is still young, but he said he was able to keep up well when he participated in an open gym session with the current Indiana freshmen.

"It was good. I tested my skills against some college kids," Battle said. "I did well. They're athletic and stronger than me right now, but for me, I did well."

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 Battle plans to visit Syracuse and Villanova during the high school season.

But Indiana is Battle's early leader for a number of reasons, including the facilities the Hoosiers have on campus. Battle said he plans to take a third unofficial visit to Bloomington next season.

"It's great. I hung out a lot at Cook Hall," Battle said. "I think it's awesome how it's like a basement into Assembly Hall. When I went to the game in February, the atmosphere in Assembly Hall is crazy." Top Stories