Junior five-star wing Tyus Battle has been a top priority for Syracuse throughout the recruiting process. He is the perfect guard for the Orange. Long and athletic to be disruptive at the top of the zone, and at his best in transition which would fit in perfectly with their open court offensive style.
Battle has been to Syracuse before, attending camps and games multiple times. This trip was different. It was the first time he was given a tour of the campus and was able to check out the academic side of Syracuse. The experience gave him a full view of the Orange that will only help when he makes his decision.
”The campus was really nice,” Battle said. “It was beautiful. I got to see the Dome and the communications building, Newhouse. I think it’s the best communications school in the country so that was really nice. It had really nice scenery and all that. It was all really important. It helps me get to know the school a little bit better.
”It helps when I make my decision at the end of the process. I also got to see the dorms to see where I would be staying and all that stuff. This is going to make the decision easier.”
”Both are great guys,” Battle said. “They have a lot of knowledge of the game. Coach Boeheim is a hall of fame coach with a winning tradition. It was amazing to get to speak to him. Coach Hop is a great guy and an energetic guy. He’s so funny and easy to relate to. Both guys are great to talk to.
”Coach Hop showed me around a lot. He’s the one that really showed me around. They talked about my position if I come here. They talked about my development and stuff like that. And how they operate.”
During the 2013-14 basketball season, Battle attended one of the best regular season games of the year. It was tough to compare that Carrier Dome experience to the football experience he had on Saturday. Despite that, he enjoyed the atmosphere inside the multi-sport facility.
”Well the basketball game (I went to) was just amazing because it was Syracuse/Duke,” Battle said. “That’s a rare experience. But the football game, I had a lot of fun. They were playing the number one team in the country in Florida State. It was a good atmosphere.
”I liked that it was inside. It was cool that it was indoors, because usually it’s an outdoor field. So I just had a great time.”
Syracuse continues to be one of Battle’s top options. Despite multiple visits and strong relationships with their coaches, he is not in a position to name any standouts.
”I’m not ready to declare a favorite,” Battle said. “But Syracuse is going to stay up there. It’s a really great program. I think position wise they would play me well. It fits my playing style. I like the school a lot.”
Battle has visits to Kentucky and Duke in the coming weeks. He plans to trim his list to 10 or 12 schools before the start of his junior season.