Shane Battier joins ESPN as College Basketball Analyst

It has been reported and confirmed, that Shane Battier, former Duke standout who recently retired from the NBA after spending the last three seasons with the Miami Heat, will take a turn in the booth this fall as a college basketball analyst.

“After a fulfilling run on the basketball court, I am absolutely thrilled to join the ‘Worldwide Leader in Sports’ in ESPN,” Battier said. “I hope my experiences as a successful collegiate and professional basketball player will add meaningful insight into the dynamic arena of the sports world. I am looking forward to bringing a sense of candor, humor and perspective to all of ESPN’s listeners, readers and viewers.”

Battier has always possessed a strong understanding of how to play the game, as demonstrated by his “staying power” — the ability to stick around in a league where most guys last three to five years. Like many others to have graduated from Coach K’s program in Durham, Battier has a high basketball IQ and a tangible work ethic. ┬áHe is a team player through and through, and understands how each player serving his niche in a team system is the fastest route to a ring. He should know, he was a leader on the 2001 NCAA champion Blue Devils, and came off the bench as a solid 3-D guy for the Heat during both of their championships in 2012 and 2013.

This is a great hire for ESPN, and we look forward to seeing Battier calling games from center court for the 2014 season.