Take a look at Syracuse Orange freshman guard Tyus Battle's stat, and they are quite impressive for a rookie in the ACC. He is averaging 10 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals per game while shooting 43% from the field and 37% from beyond the arc. Not too shabby for someone who was playing high school ball last year.
But over the last three games in which he was healthy, Battle has been even more impressive. He has averaged 20.3 points per game while shooting 51% from the floor and 41% from the three-point line.
Beyond the numbers, Battle has become an all-around offensive player. The outside jumper was there from the start of the season. Over the last several games, Battle has become much more proficient attacking the rim.
No one else on the roster can create their own shot off of the dribble-drive like Battle. He has an explosive first step, strong handle and is creative around the rim with a variety of moves. He can pull up and hit the floater in the lane, go all the way to the basket for a layup, explode for a dunk, or even hang in the air and finish through contact.
Against Duke, Battle showed yet another facet of his game. Off of the dribble, he was able to cross his defender over, step back and hit a fadeaway jumper. He hit that twice, with a defender all over him, in what were NBA-type moves.
Battle now possesses an outside game, mid-range game, can finish at the rim and is skilled at creating his own shot.
With the strong defensive Battle plays at the top of the zone given his quickness and length, you can make the argument that Battle is now Syracuse's best player.
Early in the season, it was clear that Tyler Lydon held that title. During the Orange's five game winning streak, Andrew White moved into that role. With one regular season game left and the postseason on the horizon and the strides Battle has taken in developing his game, he could be the Orange's best player right now.