The Syracuse University basketball team scored a huge win on the recruiting trail this week with a commitment from prized guard Tyus Battle. But there may be some cause for concern for Jim Boeheim and Orange hoops fans alike as news has come out that Battle will sit out this weekend’s AAU tournament in Atlanta due to a new quad injury. Alone, a quad strain isn’t really much to worry about, but it continues a recent trend that could be troubling for the Orange faithful.
There is no questioning Battle’s immense talent, as a 6-foot-6 combination guard who can score in a hurry and possesses good athleticism and a strong handle. Up until last summer, Battle was pretty much a consensus top 10 recruit nationally in the class of 2016. But then, he suddenly found himself getting bit by the injury bug, causing his national ranking to fall into the 20s across basically all recruiting websites.
Excuse the pun here, but lately you seem to read more about how Tyus is being forced to “battle” injuries than you do about his on court performances. After suffering a broken wrist as a sophomore, Battle then played in just nine games during his junior season thanks to an ankle injury, and then a stress fracture in his foot. Battle tweaked his foot again, extending his rehab and, again, limiting him to only a handful of games last season.
He finally returned to the court last weekend, but now will be sidelined again thanks to the quad strain. It’s smart for him to take the weekend off and get healthy once again, and chances are the strain came from the stress his body must have felt in getting back into competitive action after such an extended time away from the court.
One injury is tough enough, but as they pile up for the talented Kid Mamba, it could grow to be a concern, especially given Syracuse’s recent bad luck with a seemingly perpetually injured, former star recruit in Dajuan Coleman. Battle has a chance to be a superstar for Syracuse, but he has to actually stay on the court for that to happen.
At this point, it’s too early to be worried, because Battle could very well come back healthier and better than ever once he rehabs from this quad strain, and hopefully he’ll play through his entire senior season without his body breaking down at all. But it’s certainly something to keep an eye on going forward.