Five-star guard Tyus Battle, the No. 14 recruit of the class of 2016, has scheduled a visit with Syracuse. SNY’s Adam Zagoria reported the story on Zagsblog. The 6’5″, 179 pound guard will also visit Michigan.
This is an interesting turn of events, as Battle recently had official visits with Duke and Louisville and had dinner with both Mike Krzyzewski and Rick Pitino. However, per Battle’s father, Gary, his son has a relationship with Syracuse coaches Jim Boeheim and Mike Hopkins and recently had an in-home meeting with them.
“It went really well,” Gary told Syracuse.com. “We’ve had a few years of a relationship that started back in Tyus’ freshman year at the Elite Camp. We’ve gotten to know Coach Hop first, then Coach Boeheim. They’ve been consistent with what they’ve been talking about.”
Battle is also considering Connecticut, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Kentucky, but Syracuse is still an interesting choice because the team won’t exactly be in an ideal position once he is eligible to step on the court. The Orange were placed on five years’ probation by the NCAA last season due to over a decade of academic misconduct, and Boeheim was suspended for a total of nine ACC games plus had to vacate 108 wins. Syracuse also lost 12 scholarships.
Granted, the 2016-17 season will be one where Syracuse hits something of a reset button, but the school will still be under the microscope because of its probation. Either way, the decision is Battle’s and Battle’s alone, and he will surely pick the school he feels is best for him.
Syracuse went 18-13 (9-9 ACC) last season and banned itself from any post-regular season competition due to the investigation.
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