It wasn't easy, but Syracuse finally got their man. Five-star Tyus Battle has committed to Syracuse days after his official visit. Battle had previously committed to Michigan during his trip to Ann Arbor, but reopened his recruitment on Friday according to our Evan Daniels.
Syracuse never stopped recruiting Battle, using their pitch of having him as their lead guard of the future. That led to an official visit a few weekends ago and ultimately in Battle pulling the trigger on Monday.
Battle has been Syracuse’s top 2016 target throughout the cycle, having recruited him for several years. He had developed a strong relationship with both head coach Jim Boeheim and assistant Mike Hopkins.
”Both are great guys,” Battle said in a previous interview. “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.”
Battle is Syracuse’s second commitment in the 2016 class, joining four-star forward Matthew Moyer. Moyer had been recruiting Battle hard in the days leading up to his pledge. That work clearly paid off.
The Scout Hoops team breaks down Battle’s game as follows:
Battle is a big-time perimeter shooter with easy range from downtown and also is a capable pull-up shooter who elevates very high off the dribble. He's also has an above-average first step, and thus he can play without the ball or sometimes create for himself. He's slender but not frail, and over time he should develop ample strength to play on both ends of the court. He's also an above-average athlete.
Battle was also named to the Scout Ultimate 100, which named the top 100 prospects over the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 classes. He came in at number 35.
As it currently stands, Syracuse does not have a scholarship for him, but could gain one should the NCAA give one back in their appeal or should a player decide to transfer or leave early for the NBA.