Battle likes the energy at Orange Madness

Tyus Battle is one of the most talented prospects in the 2016 class. Syracuse got in on him early and continues to pursue the talented guard. He spent part of the weekend on campus taking in Orange Madness. CuseNation.com caught up with Battle to see how things went.

While Syracuse is finished with their 2014 class and have already added one talented player for 2015, the 2016 class is still on the radar for head coach Jim Boeheim and the rest of the staff.

One of their top 2016 targets is five star Gladston (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard's guard Tyus Battle who was in attendance for Orange Madness on Friday.

"It was a lot of fun," Battle said. "I really enjoyed it. The energy was really good. I think the team is going to be really good this year. I liked the scrimmage a lot. It was cool to see, so I enjoyed that."

Another highlight of the night was the dunk contest. Mike Gbinije edged Rakeem Christias to take the title, but Battle had a different opinion on which player had the better performance.

"I liked Christmas better," Battle said. "The dunk over the kids, I really liked that one. The windmill was nice though. I liked the windmill a lot."

Saturday morning, Battle was able to speak with Boeheim, Mike Hopkins and other members of the Syracuse coaching staff.

"I talked to them the next day," Battle said. "We just talked about how the team is going to be this year. Just what my role would be if I went there. I'm probably more of a big point guard who can play on the ball or off the ball. I could play either guard position."

Battle has been very high on Syracuse despite it being early in the recruiting process. After taking in Orange Madness, that hasn't changed.

"My interest is definitely great," Battle said. "It's a very historic school with a hall of fame coach. I enjoyed it a lot. Syracuse is still high on my list. I'm probably going to try to get to a game this year. Hopefully the Duke game."

Battle is the top rated shooting guard in the 2016 class and the ninth rated prospect overall.


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