After what has seemed like a very long wait for any news on the Tyus Battle front (that “battlefront” pun was entirely unintended, I swear), it appear that the sophomore shooting guard will declare for the NBA Draft but will not hire an agent.
Syracuse wing Tyus Battle, a projected first round pick on the latest ESPN mock draft, will declare for the 2018 NBA Draft without an agent, sources say.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) April 20, 2018
That report is from ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, and it makes a lot of sense. Battle has been projected as a second round pick by most outlets, with ESPN basically being the only media source putting him at the tail end of the first round. By testing the NBA waters, Battle can now compete at the NBA Draft Combine and try to build up some buzz and momentum in the eyes of NBA front offices.
And assuming he continues to go without an agent, he’s able to pull his name out of the draft and return to Syracuse both to get his degree (he’s on track to graduate in three years) and make one more run in the NCAA Tournament.
Of course, now we wait and see whether Tyus decides to remain in the draft, or not. The combine will run May 16-20 in Chicago, and 5:00 p.m. on June 11 is the deadline for early entrants to withdraw their names.
All in all, this is probably the move that makes the most sense for the 6-foot-6 shooting guard. He’s left himself some flexibility, and as long as he doesn’t hire an agent that flexibility will remain.
No matter what his ultimate decision is, hopefully Syracuse fans will support him wholeheartedly. The dude has been a warrior who has given absolutely everything he’s got to the program. He deserves to have us all continue to root for him regardless.