Five-star guard Tyus Battle says Hoosiers remain in touch

  • 05/28/2014 10:58 am in

One of the top rising juniors in the country, Gill St. Bernard’s (N.J.) guard Tyus Battle, is getting his first taste of the highest level of Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) circuit this spring and summer.

Battle, a 6-foot-5 guard who has taken two unofficial visits to Indiana already, is playing with New York-based Team Scan this year after previously playing for Pennsylvania-based Team Final.

The transition has allowed Battle to play multiple positions, which is something he hopes will help him when he arrives on a college campus in the fall of 2016.

“Team Final is a great organization. I love those guys a lot,” he said. “With Team Scan I get to play point guard more and playing with the big men down low prepares me for college a lot.”

In 16 EYBL games, Battle is averaging 8.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game for Team Scan, which qualified for July’s Peach Jam.

Battle’s shooting percentages haven’t been great — 34.1 percent overall from the field and 29.4 percent from behind the 3-point line — but that hasn’t slowed down his recruitment at all.

He already has offers from Connecticut, Indiana, Ohio State, Syracuse, Virginia and Villanova, among others. Several other top programs like Duke, Kansas, Louisville and Michigan have also expressed heavy interest.

Battle, the No. 8 player in the class of 2016 according to the 247Composite, is scheduled to visit Michigan next month for their college practice camp and he’ll also go to Villanova on June 9.

Indiana, meanwhile, is in the midst of a transition on its coaching staff with the recent departure of Kenny Johnson, who was the main recruiter for Battle.

“He was the guy really recruiting me a lot,” Battle said over the weekend at EYBL session four in Eagan, Minnesota. “They’ve (still) been keeping in touch a lot. I love the campus. Went out to visit there. Coach (Tom) Crean is a really good guy.”

Last month, Battle’s father, Gary, told Inside the Hall’s Jordan Littman that the family is in no rush to make a decision despite all of the early offers and schools pushing for visits.

“It is still early in the process,” he said. “Tyus is just focused on getting better and being a 16-year old.”

J.B. Bauer contributed to this story.

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  • Gregory Spera

    “Indiana, meanwhile, is in the midst of a transition on its coaching staff with the recent departure of Kenny Johnson, who was the main recruiter for Battle.”

    God, this is going to make me crazy, until we get through the 2016 kids and get a replacement in here..

  • 34% from the field… he must be a defensive monster to be a 5 star with those offensive numbers.

  • Rie

    I know KJ was a great recruiter and a guy who was able to create personal relationships with recruits, but he is still just one guy. Without Kenny’s recruiting, we still boast a storied program, instant celebrity status on campus, academics, top-notch facilities, experience, coaching, the largest student section there is, and the list goes on and on. Crean is still a guy recruits look up to as a good man and coach. I am not trying to understate what KJ has done, but when the dust settles, I think we will pick up right where we left off in recruiting. I doubt him leaving has almost any bearing on the 2015/2016 recruits. What they will be looking at is whether or not we have a winning season and strong improvement in our players.

    As a side note, Tyus is awesome; I would love to have him here.

  • PocketHoosier

    You also have to understand:
    Kenny Johnson was the pitch man; Indiana was (and still is) the pitch.

  • PocketHoosier

    I think there’s got to be a typo in there:

    “34.1 percent overall from the field and 29.4 percent from the field”

  • Fixed the typo, 34.1 percent from the field is correct. The other number was 3-point percentage.

  • Bryce Kepner

    Shows how the whole ranking system is messed up

  • Kyl470

    Blackmon wasn’t even in the top 30 on some ranking boards for recruits even though almost all the recruiting sites said he was one of the best if not the best shooter in the class. Just goes to show how little value recruiting sites put on basic things like shooting.

  • Kyl470

    IU recruited and landed top high school players before Kenny Johnson’s tenure, during his tenure, and they will continue to do so afterwards. While I don’t always agree with CTC in game coaching I believe whoever he hires to replace Kenny will have strong recruiting ties somewhere.

  • Alford Bailey

    Agreed, but KJ had the personal relationships with these kids. Thats what makes it hard.

  • plane1972

    He’s also 6’5″ and more explosive than JBJ. If he plays defense, then the ranking discrepancy is probably justified (as justified as a ranking can be as a predictor of success at the next level).

  • skotchie

    A Remy Able type, good glue guy. A needed commodity & could possibly play the three while transitioning resting players.
    An how did this become a KJ conversation?

  • HMP might have been more explosive than Battle at that age. He was ranked pretty highly too (not top 10, but up there). Sometimes rankings put too much stock in athleticism.

  • I dont put much stock into the rankings of recruits. I have learned from the past these people doing the rankings look at stats and who a kid plays for more than what the kid has inside. A kid can be a great athlete and crazy basketball skills but if he doesnt have the heart and competiveness to go along with it then he isnt going to be what people think….you have to have that drive and that is where the ranking systems come up short. There really isnt a measurement for heart, hard work and desire. I am not saying this kid isnt a worker or anything negative at all regarding this player…..just the rankings system.