Boeheim, Hopkins Reach Out to 5-star Battle

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim and assistsnt Mike Hopkins reached out to 2016 target Tyus Battle's father regarding the NCAA ruling. Details inside.

Syracuse’s top target in the 2016 class, Tyus Battle, is still interested in the Orange, as CuseNation.com first reported Friday evening in the wake of the NCAA report.

”If there is still a scholarship available for us, we are very interested,” Tyus’ father, Gary, said at the time.

On Tuesday, CuseNation.com spoke with Gary once again about where things stand. Gary indicated that he spoke with both Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim and assistant Mike Hopkins reached out to discuss the situation. During those conversations, they reassured him that there would be a spot for Tyus and the Orange would continue to recruit him hard.

”They said they can’t force guys out, obviously,” Battle said. “But they said to just wait and see how things shake out over the summer and we can go from there.”

Battle said he spoke with Boeheim multiple times and they reiterated their strong interest in his son. The numbers still have to work, but if a talent like Tyus wants to join your program, generally the numbers figure themselves out.

”He said he has Battle in his thoughts and they still want him,” Battle said.

The communication only reinforced Battle’s impression of where things stood after reading about the sanctions over the weekend. He also added a note about the mindset of the coaching staff going forward.

”He (Boeheim) said they are rejuvenated and are going to work hard with the guys that are coming in,” Battle said.

Battle is a five star prospect in the 2016 class and has trimmed his list to Connecticut, Duke, Louisville, Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State along with Syracuse.


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