Well, just when we thought we were getting a little clarity on the direction of the 2016 Syracuse University basketball recruiting class, the waters have gotten a little murkier today after it was reported that Tyus Battle will be visiting the Orange this weekend. This comes a month after Kid Mamba committed to the University of Michigan.
Tyus Battle is taking an official visit to Syracuse this weekend & opening up his recruitment, per sources. Committed to Michigan in May.
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) June 19, 2015
It’s no secret that Battle was always the top priority in the class of 2016 for Jim Boeheim and Mike Hopkins, and it was somewhat surprising for the 6-foot-5 guard choose the Wolverines without ever taking his official visit to upstate New York. With Battle opening up his recruitment, it more than likely puts Syracuse right back at or near the top of his list alongside Michigan.
Now, it becomes a matter of what happens with the recruitments of Kobi Simmons, Alterique Gilbert, and Kevin Huerter. Huerter could still go the prep route and become a 2017 prospect, though as I’ve covered before, his stock is skyrocketing right now so that might not be a possibility. Simmons is more than likely pushing his commitment to the spring, which is probably too long for the Orange to wait. As far as Gilbert, well, Battle certainly fits Jim Boeheim’s system better due to his length, but the 6-foot-1 point guard has actually passed Battle in ESPN.com’s latest top 100 rankings.
Basically, we’re more or less right back where we started a month ago, before Battle committed to the Wolverines. This is a fascinating development, although it does serve to confuse things more than clarify them.
It sure would be nice to have one more open scholarship right about now to take either Battle or Gilbert and Huerter, wouldn’t it?