One of the most talented players in the 2016 class is five-star wing Tyus Battle, ranked as the ninth best player overall. Recently, he has had several elite programs visiting him at his school. The most recent was Syracuse, who has been involved with the 6-foot-6 prospect for nearly two years.
”I would say it went rather well,” Gary Battle, Tyus’ father, said. “Tyus really was engaged listening intently to coach Hopkins and coach Boehiem. Boeheim did a lot of the talking. It went really well. Really well. The message was that they really wanted him.
”He was the only guard they are recruiting in 2016. And that he would be in a situation where he would definitely have the opportunity to have the ball quite a bit. They covet him as a guard. They said he’s one of the better guards they’ve ever recruited.”
High praise for a program that has recruited elite guards over the last decade including Dion Waiters, Michael Carter-Williams, Kaleb Joseph, Tyler Ennis, Johnny Flynn among several others. The meeting went very well for the Orange who continue to make Battle a big priority.
”He was very happy and definitely excited about the opportunity that they view him in such a way,” Battle said. “Obviously they’ve had some great guards that have come through Syracuse in the last couple years. (Dion) Waiters, Michael Carter-Williams and many others. For him to be, I won’t say compared to those guys, but recruited by Syracuse and be thought of in that positive way from a hall of fame coach who is an Olympic level coach, we really have a lot of respect for him and of course Mike Hopkins.
”Syracuse is definitely one of the most premier programs in the country. But in the northeast, it’s really a big time program in the northeast which really matters a lot.”
Battle certainly has his options. Even with many of college basketball’s premier programs in hot pursuit, Gary Battle says Tyus is in no rush to make a decision.
”We’re still in an evaluation stage,” he said. “We’ve had, obviously, quite a few visitors to his school in sort of like an in-home setting at the school. We’ve had a chance to sit down and be spoken to by a few high level coaches and assistants. They sort of broke down how they Tyus and some talked about how they would use him.
”Some talked about the strengths of their schools. We’re still in the process of taking that stuff in. There are still some schools we want to visit unofficially before we start breaking down his official visit schools. We’ll probably release a top eight or ten by November.”
Syracuse is one of the schools that figures to make that list when it comes out. They will be hosting the five star talent soon and will give him the red carpet treatment during the unofficial visit.
”We’re going to come down on the 11th of October,” Battle said. “Since it’s a short drive, just about three hours from our home, Tyus is going to be there for the Florida State game. We’ll see the campus and all that. He’s never really had a chance to see it even though he’s been on the campus a few times.
”He’s never had a tour. He’s been there for a basketball camp and a basketball game. So we’re going to try to come down the following weekend.”