Class of 2016 five-star shooting guard Tyus Battle, out of Gill St. Bernard’s School in Gladstone, New Jersey, about 46 miles away from New York city, has committed to the Syracuse Orange. Battle announced the decision on his personal Twitter page.
A versatile scorer who can also play great perimeter defense, Battle stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 179 pounds. He’ll make an immediate impact once he steps on the court for the Orange, and even moreso once he fills out a bit.
Battle had also received offers from Duke, UConn, Michigan, Ohio State and Louisville.
He enters an interesting situation in Syracuse, as the men’s basketball and football teams are on probation for five years following NCAA penalties after the results of an investigation into the athletic department, which unveiled that ineligible student athletes had been allowed to play despite that very status. As a result, head coach Jim Boeheim was suspended for nine ACC games next season and the team imposed a self-ban from all postseason play last season.
But it seems that didn’t deter Battle, who will head to the program next season in hopes of bringing it its second championship under Boeheim.
Needless to say, Syracuse could once again be a team to watch next season.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Under Armour