We’ve been talking recently about the recruiting process and how it relates to Tyus Battle, considered by some to be the top wing prospect in the class of 2016. Well, word has trickled out that Battle has announced he will be visiting Syracuse, Duke, Kentucky, and Florida. In other words, he’s going to be checking out basically the exact programs and coaches you’d expect from a player of his caliber.
This comes from Adam Zagoria, one of the most connected recruiting guys out there, who said that Battle and his dad will be taking the trip to Syracuse on October 11, when the Orange football team hosts Florida State. Jim Boeheim, with Mike Hopkins and Red Autry at his side, recently visited the Battles as part of the recruiting – well, battle – that’s been heating up of late. The big selling point for Syracuse, other than being a big time local program for the Tri-State area standout, is the fact that Syracuse has been tracking him since he was just a pup heading into high school.
That’s always a big selling point, of course. After all, there’s no other program of Syracuse’s caliber that can really say that they’ve been pursuing Battle basically since he entered puberty. But that doesn’t mean that Syracuse has the inside track for Kid Mamba, particularly since Mike Krzyzewski has been all over the 6-foot-6 guard particularly since returning Stateside from his stint with USA Basketball (the same can be said for Boeheim and Hopkins, of course).
We’ve been talking about the recruiting process that’s involved Battle and Jamal Murray, but putting Murray aside, there’s no denying that Battle would be the crown jewel in just about any 2016 class that doesn’t also include Harry Giles (who Boeheim visited earlier this week, for the record). Battle is an athletic swing player with an improving handle but a spotty jumper at this stage, but his combination of size, athleticism, and ballhandling skills make him a tantalizing prospect.
With Jamal Murray rumored to be seriously contemplating reclassifying to the class of 2015 – which would all but eliminate Syracuse from consideration considering that class is just about full, save the (hopeful) future commitment of Thomas Bryant – so focusing on Battle might need to become even more of a priority considering Plan B might be off the board sooner rather than later.