Syracuse '16 NJ SG - Tyus Battle (Syracuse Verbal)

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    Impressive offer list for Battle............It was an impressive July for Tyus Battle, and it should be no surprise that he is racking up the offers.
     
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    Indiana recruiting Battle the hardest............Five-star wing Tyus Battle has 16 scholarship offers, but one Big Ten school is recruiting him the hardest.
     
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    Pro comparisons aren't typically fair to high school athletes.

    As well as they have played in their freshman seasons, neither Jabari Parker nor Andrew Wiggins are the "next LeBron James." When Gill St. Bernard's (N.J.) head coach Mergin Sina says one of his players reminds him of Kyrie Irving, however, he's not off-base.

    "By the time he graduates, I compare [Tyus Battle] to a longer, bigger Kyrie Irving," Sina told Eleven Warriors. "I wouldn't make that comparison if I didn't think so. Does he have to work? Of course, he has to get there. For a sophomore, the upside is unbelievable."

    Sina knows the Cleveland Cavaliers star from Irving's high school days in New Jersey. Battle will graduate in 2016, leaving two more seasons to improve under Sina's watch and live up to those comparisons.

    For now, Battle is a 6-foot-5-inch, 185 pound wing with offers from Ohio State, Connecticut, Indiana, Syracuse and Villanova, among others. According to 247Sports' composite rankings, he is a five-star prospect and eighth, overall, in his class.

    "I look at him as a 'one,' 'two' and 'three.' He does everything at one of those positions," Sina said. "He can handle the ball well enough where he can run a team. Off the ball, he's good enough to score and can also slash. With his first step, there's not many kids around that age with that kind of quickness"

    Sina played college basketball at Seton Hall and Rhode Island, so he knows what it takes to be a Division-I athlete. Gill St Bernard's is also a college-preparatory school, and that carries over to their basketball program.

    "We run a lot of sets, we scout a lot of people, we teach these kids how to play at a high level," Sina said. "He plays for a team that's not, right now, one of the top 20 in the country, but what it allows him to do is fight every day and work through hard situations. Most kids that play at these big programs and have eight Division I players on their team beat other teams by 50, but what do the kids get out of that?"

    Buckeyes assistant coach Greg Paulus watched Battle play in February. Gary Battle, Tyus' father, spoke to SNY.tv about OSU's interest in his son.

    "Paulus thought Tyus was much improved since his last visit," Gary told SNY.tv, in February. "He loves him.â€

    The Battle family will have to reschedule a visit to Ohio State, as they originally planned on attending the game against Michigan State, Sunday. According to SNY.tv's Adam Zagoria, Gary said Tyus did not attend the game.

    That shouldn't affect the staff's interest in Tyus, considering his immense talent. If his high school coach's words are any indication, he would also fit the mentality of a Thad Matta coached squad.

    "He gets along with his teammates, works hard in the classroom," Sina said. "I don't mean that because I'm coaching him, he's one of the best kids I've seen in a while, in terms of attitude. He really gets it."
     
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    More Than Basketball For 5-star G Tyus Battle..............2016 Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard’s five-star shooting guard Tyus Battle and his father discuss his sophomore season in high school, how he’s adjusting to a new AAU team, what he’s added to his game, and what factors loom largest in an eventual commitment.
     
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    '16 top SG 'very interested' in Louisville............Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard’s five-star shooting guard Tyus Battle is now a target for the University of Louisville basketball staff in the Class of 2016. Cardinal Authority spoke with his father, Gary, about U of L's interest level.
     
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    As for Battle, he welcomed a much needed breakout performance. The No. 11 player in the class of 2016, Battle has struggled a bit for much of the spring. He's grown to 6-foot-5, gotten much stronger and has been in the process of adjusting his game. Sunday, he mixed jump shots, transition finishes and drives to the hoop nicely and as a result he played the best he has this spring. Battle said that he feels like he's started to get things going in the right direction and he's excited for the summer ahead now that he has his confidence going. Battle has 20 total offers and listed Villanova, Syracuse, Ohio State, UConn, Indiana, Seton Hall and Rutgers as some who are standing out. Battle also mentioned Michigan -- who doesn't offer scholarships until mid June between a player's sophomore and junior seasons -- as another program pursuing hard and he's pretty sure that he'll get an offer from them in June. - See more at: https://basketballrecruiting.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1644537#sthash.BqkUMvhr.dpuf
     
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