Armond Battle Verbals to Tulsa

Armond Battle, a 6-foot-6 forward from St. Louis Park (MN) Benilde St. Margaret, has committed to Tulsa, according to sources close to his recruitment. Battle committed to the Golden Hurricanes after visiting the campus this past weekend. Battle had received some early recruiting interest from Minnesota.

Armond Battle and teammate Jordan Taylor helped lead the Red Knights to the Class AAA state championship game this past season.

Battle visited Northeastern last weekend and was hosted by fellow Howard Pulley alum Matt Janning, who was the CAA Rookie of the Year and led all freshman in the CAA in scoring, rebounding and minutes played. Janning played in all 32 of NU's games and started 31, averaging 35.4 minutes per game.

Battle visited Tulsa this past weekend and had thought about visiting Bradley.

Battle and Taylor are considered among the top players in the state in the Class of 2008. The duo led the Red Knights to a 27-5 record and a 20-0 mark in the North Suburban Conference as Battle averaged 20.1 points per game and Taylor added 19.5 points. They won 14 straight games before falling to St. Thomas Academy in the title game. Battle scored in double figures in 28 of 30 games and had 20 or more points 15 times. He had three games of 30 or more points, including 36 versus Columbia Heights.

The Red Knights had a 20-8 record and 11-3 mark in the North Suburban Conference during his sophomore season, falling to Class AAA champion De LaSalle 57-55 in the playoffs. Battle averaged 15.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game as a sophomore. He scored in double figures in 23 of 27 games and had 20 or more points eight times.

Battle helped lead the Howard Pulley AAU team to the bronze division champions of the Boo Williams Invitational. They were 4-2 in the tournament and reached the Four Four in the Kingwood Classic.

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