2016 guard Tyus Battle planning return trip to Bloomington

  • 07/16/2013 12:44 pm in

071613jcxxcIndiana has had plenty of recent success in recruiting the northeast region of the country, and the Hoosiers continue to hit that area hard.

Indiana is the first Big Ten school to have offered 2016 New Jersey guard Tyus Battle, ranked No. 7 in his class by ESPN.com. Battle, a 6-foot-5 combo guard, took an unofficial visit to Bloomington back in February for the game against Michigan.

“It was a great experience,” Battle said at this weekend’s Peach Jam event in North Augusta, South Carolina. “The fans are crazy. Just the atmosphere was great. I talked to coach [Tom] Crean a lot and coach Kenny Johnson. It was just about the future and basketball stuff, NBA stuff.”

Battle has learned a lot about Crean by watching him coach from afar.

“He’s an energetic guy. He likes to get after it. Sometimes I think he wants to be on the floor too,” Battle said, laughing. “He’s a great guy.”

Like many recruits, Battle is attracted to Indiana because of the way Crean and his staff have developed players in recent years. Battle specifically pointed to Victor Oladipo, who was selected second overall by the Orlando Magic in last month’s NBA Draft.

Battle said he likes to get to the basket and called himself a “pretty good” defender. He averaged 11 points per game as a freshman at Gill St. Bernard’s School last season. He was also selected for the  2013-14USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team roster.

Battle also has offers from Connecticut, Syracuse, Cincinnati and Miami (Fl.), among others. He has taken an unofficial visit to Connecticut. Battle said he was supposed to take a return visit to Indiana on June 20, but had to cancel it because “something came up.”

He said he plans to take another trip to Bloomington soon, possibly in August.

Wayne Staats contributed to this story.

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  • inLinE6

    Give Crean another 5 years he’ll win head-to-head battles against Coach K.

  • Hoosierfan60

    And still be doing it the right way.

  • Ole Man

    I don’t think Coach K is cheating, which is what you implied.
    He doesn’t have to.

  • Caleb Moore

    If IU and Duke are both going for a guy right now today I would like our chances just fine. Vic and Cody have helped that a ton as has being #1 and having the success we had last year. I dont see IU out of the top 10 in recruiting classes for the foreseeable future. Heck Crean almost pulled Kyrie in before we got stabbed in the back. And that was when we were still a dumpster fire. I kind of like that our Coach didnt take crap from K over the Knight stuff when he was hired. He put it out there immediately that the days of dumping on Indiana were over.

  • Hoosierfan60

    My bad. For some reason my mind deciphered your comment as “Coach of UK” I do NOT believe that Coach K is a cheater. Calipari has a track record that leaves me wondering.

  • WisconHoosier

    Coach K is 66 years old now. A player for 2014 or 2015 is looking at playing for someone 70 years old. Not that K will become irrelevant. But I like the energy and results the IU staff brings.

  • SCHoosier

    Love a 6-5 point who can score, lead, board and play D.. Some great guards n this class.

  • IUMIKE1

    Guess I must have missed it. What was coach K saying about Knight, IU & Crean when he was hired ?