Tyus Battle is one of the top players in the 2016 class. He is ranked as the 10th best player overall, and has attracted a number of elite suitors. One of those programs is Syracuse, who has been among those recruiting him the hardest for some time.
Wednesday night was in-home visit night for Battle and Syracuse. Head coach Jim Boeheim and assistant Mike Hopkins took the trip from Central New York to New Jersey. Tyus’ father, Gary Battle, said the meeting was positive.
”It went well,” Battle said. “It was Hopkins and Boeheim. It was pretty simple. They want him to play point guard for them if he comes to Syracuse.”
The fact that Syracuse wants him as a point guard is important, according to his father. Knowing Syracuse has a vision and plan for him within the program makes Tyus feel good about Syracuse stands.
Gary said the fact that the Syracuse coaches have kept them informed throughout the process regarding the NCAA investigations has made them comfortable with where things stand and the direction going forward.
But the conversation Wednesday night was about more than that. Boeheim and Hopkins focused on the plan for Tyus should he choose Syracuse.
”We just talked about the school itself and the experiences of the past kids that were there,” Battle said. “Some of the majors that the kids take. We talked a little bit about Rak Christmas because we know Rak. He was from around this area and was a four year player. We talked about some of the things they did with Michael Carter-Williams and Gerry McNamara.
”We don’t know what direction, if Tyus goes to Syracuse, his career is going to go. We just want to make sure that there were plans for him. That’s why we talked about the academic pieces. Tyus talked about maybe business management or communications, but I think he’s leaning more towards business management. So we talked quite a bit about the academic component.”
The other topic of conversation was the state of the team. Both in terms of the current squad and the plan for the future. Syracuse was outlining their plan to get the program back to competing for championships in the ACC and nationally. They told Tyus that he could potentially have as big of an impact on Syracuse as any recruit would at any program across the country.
An official visit was discussed as well, though nothing was actually scheduled. They are looking at taking one by the end of May or early June, prior to making a decision. Gary reiterated that taking an official visit to Syracuse is a priority for Tyus.
”Every time we have these kinds of meetings and things like that, we debrief,” Battle said. “It was a good debrief session after the Syracuse visit. I’ll leave it at that. We haven’t discussed comparing schools. All we know at this point is that he wants to keep looking at Syracuse and keeping them as an option.”