Syracuse University basketball fans have been waiting “patiently” to hear when Tyus “Kid Mamba” Battle would take his official visit to the school, and now we have our answer: May 22. This is big news for Orange basketball recruiting, as Battle has always been and remains the coaching staff’s top priority in the class of 2016.
Kid Mamba has already visited a few other schools on his list, including Duke and Louisville, and is planning on visiting Michigan soon as well. Syracuse has long been one of the favorites to land Battle, a versatile 6-foot-6 wing player who could play the point guard, shooting guard, or small forward position at the next level. One of the big draws that Syracuse has always offered is that Jim Boeheim wants him to play point guard, and by all accounts he loves the idea of having the ball in his hands.
The news was first reported by Adam Zagoria, and Battle’s father, Gary, has previously mentioned that he’s hoping his son will make his decision before June. If Kid Mamba has the same timeframe in mind, it bodes well for Syracuse since it’s unlikely he’ll squeeze in another visit between his Syracuse trip and his decision. Having the final visit is always big in recruiting, as it gives you the chance to make the final impression on a prospect.
Now, Zagoria does mention that Battle is still planning on taking one more official visit from among the group of Kentucky, UConn, and Ohio State, but hopefully his choice will already be made before he gets a chance to set one up.
Syracuse has one current commit in the class of 2016 in Matthew Moyer, a forward from Ohio who has been gaining a strong reputation in this recruiting class of late. He’s ranked as the No. 57 player nationally, and at 6-foot-8 has the length and versatility to play either forward position. Battle, by the way, is the No. 14-ranked player in the class of 2016, though he’s pretty consistently been ranked around the top 10 but missed much of last year with an injury, which may have knocked him down a few notches.