Battle Declares for NBA Draft

But by not hiring an agent, the Nittany Lion guard keeps open the option of returning to Penn State for his senior season.

When one thinks of Penn State guards and professional drafts, names of football players like Jeff Hartings, Steve Wisniewski, Mike Munchak and Sear Farrell come to mind. All were early-round NFL Draft picks.

Now a Nittany Lion guard from a different sport plans to test the draft waters. Penn State basketball standout Talor Battle, a junior, has submitted his name for the 2010 NBA Draft.

Since he will not hire an agent, Battle has until May 8 to change his mind and return to PSU for his senior season.

“I'm looking forward to going and working out for some teams around the country and competing against the top players in the country and see where I stand,” Battle said in a prepared statement. “I'll do that, get an evaluation of where I'm at, and then go from there.”

Battle won second-team All-Big Ten honors last season after finishing second in the league in scoring (18.5 ppg). He was a first-team pick the previous year, when the Lions captured the NIT title.

The 21-year-old is seventh on Penn State's all-time scoring list with 1,526 points and needs 613 more to pass Jesse Arnelle (2,138) for the school record.

Battle's younger brother, Taran Buie, is set to join the PSU program as a true freshman this summer.

Penn State is coming off an 11-20 season during which it finished last in the Big Ten.

The Nittany Lions have had one player drafted into the NBA in the past 26 years. Center Calvin Booth was a second-round pick of the Washington Wizards in 1999.


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