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Well, this is certainly not news we expected to hear today, if ever. I think it’s safe to say that most of us figured that Tyus Battle would wind up at either Syracuse University or with Coach K down at Duke, but instead the highly coveted class of 2016 guard has pledged his services to the Michigan Wolverines.

This is a massive blow for the Orange, as Battle had long been the coaching staff’s top target in the class of 2016, and they must now move toward other options. Fortunately, there are plenty of other options available, including Kobi Simmons and Alterique Gilbert. Jamal Murray could conceivably become an option, but the Orange have been off his radar for so long that it seems unlikely to happen.

Gilbert has been gaining a lot of momentum lately, with numerous comparisons to Jonny Flynn being made, while Simmons remains one of the top prospects in America. If neither winds up being an option, we might see the Orange take a much harder look at Quinton Rose, a 6-foot-5 point guard whose stock is also beginning to rise and has drawn a few comparisons to Michael Carter-Williams in terms of his build and the way he plays.

The rough news here is that Battle had just recently set a visit date for Syracuse at the end of the month, but obviously it looks like that’s off the table at this point after verbally committing to the Wolverines.

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