Tyus Battle has 'awesome' Louisville visit

Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard standout Tyus Battle made an official visit to the University of Louisville this week. His father, Gary, spoke with Cardinal Authority and recaps what he called an "awesome" visit to Louisville.

Tyus Battle and his family already had done a lot of homework on the University of Louisville prior to an official visit that started on Sunday with the Cardinals.

It was the third trip to Louisville for Battle, a 6-foot-6, 195-pound standout Class of 2016 prospect from Gladstone, N.J., Gill St. Bernard School.

Battle, who is ranked as the No. 11 player in the '16 class by Scout.com, made the trip with his family. According to Gary Battle - the father - it was the second trip to Louisville for his father and the first for his mother.

"We have done so much work to try and understand what it is we want for Tyus and what it is he will feel comfortable with," said his father, Gary. "I am a very strategic person. I know there are things out of our control, but we like to see where we are walking.

"So, we have tried to gather a lot of information."

The elder Battle said all of the pre-visit information with the day and a half spent with the staff on the official visit made for an "awesome" time in Louisville.

"We got a lot out of it," he said. "A whole lot."

The father said the campus tour and atmosphere around the program led him to believe he would be turning his son over to "someone who really cared about him," if Tyus Battle were to pick Louisville down the road.

"I loved the people," he said. "It's a great town and it's very connected to the University and the University is still connected to the town. There's so much pride and history.

"The people in the university - people at the top from Rick Pitino to the President (Dr. James Ramsey) to the Athletic Director (Tom Jurich), who I did meet, were so impressive. We were impressed and they were excellent all the way around."

Battle is likely to major in something in the Business School and was able to take a full tour of the campus and other facilities at U of L.

And that impressed his father more than almost anything else.

"It was very enlightening," he said. "I liked it more than I thought I would; it was a pleasant surprised and basketball is just a small part of it."

U of L assistant coach Kenny Johnson, who started recruiting Battle when he was still coaching at Indiana, has been the point man in the recruitment.

"When I found out he was leaving Indiana, I called and told him it was just a different shade of red and a little black added in there," Gary Battle said. "I told him he better still recruit us when he got to Louisville. We wanted to be a part of it with (Johnson)."

Battle also visited Duke last weekend just before coming to Louisville and is scheduled to go to Michigan on May 8. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim will make an in-home visit to the Battle house on Wednesday night.

"He's probably just going to go through the process and just pick a school," the father said. "It's not that we don't like the recruiting process, but there are some other things that he needs to get along with.

"He will visit Michigan on May 8 and after that we will see."

Battle isn't playing with his travel team this spring.

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