If you’re wondering what the future of Syracuse basketball looks like, you can catch a glimpse tonight on ESPNU, as Tyus Battle and his St. Joseph squad will be taking on Lone Peak (Utah) at 11:00 p.m. EST. Battle has been putting together a strong season in his first full year back from injury, and tonight goes head to head with point guard Frank Jackson, a Duke commit and McDonald’s All-American.
The 6-foot-7 Battle, perhaps better known as Kid Mamba, is averaging 20.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.2 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game for his 14-2 St. Joe’s squad, which is ranked among the top 10 teams in the state of New Jersey. By the way, keep in mind that those stats – outside of points – are incomplete. No stats are currently listed for rebounds, assists, steals, or blocks for three of his 16 games this season, knocking his averages in those categories down pretty considerably.
In his last game out, a 67-50 victory, Battle went for a season-high 30 points against East Brunswick. Battle is more than likely going to be playing the same role Michael Gbinije is handling or Syracuse this season, as both the primary ball handler and the team’s best scorer. A backcourt of Kid Mamba and Malachi Richardson would give the Orange one of its most dynamic guard tandems in quite awhile, with both players boasting plenty of size and athleticism, as well as scoring acumen.
His little brother Khalif, a 6-foot-3 guard, is also on the varsity roster and averaging 4.1 points per game as a freshman. Khalif is an athletic guard who is definitely a player to watch as he matures.
Check out the video above (Tyus is the guy wearing #1, if you didn’t know), which shows some highlights of Battle and his teammates from earlier this season, and be sure to either check out Kid Mamba tonight (again, it’s 11:00 p.m. EST, ESPNU), or set your DVR to check out one of the most talented recruits Syracuse has landed in awhile.