#25 RANKED PLAYER IN COUNTRY (CLASS OF 2016)
STAR RANKING: 5 STARS
WEIGHT: 180 POUNDS
AGE: 18 years old
POSITION: SHOOTING GUARD
HIGH SCHOOL: SAINT JOSEPH’S HIGH SCHOOL IN METUCHEN, NJ/ TRANSFERRED FROM GIL SAINT BERNARDS HIGH SCHOOL IN GLADSTONE, NJ
CHOSE SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY OVER: MICHIGAN(PREVIOUSLY COMMITTED), CONNECTICUT, DUKE, KENTUCKY AMONG MANY OTHERS
NBA COMPARISON: COURTNEY LEE
PLAYER SUMMARY: Battle was previously committed to the University of Michigan before changing his mind to attend Syracuse. The New Jersey native had a highly publicized transfer as he is now attending Saint Joseph’s High School in Metuchen, NJ. Saint Joseph’s has produced NBA players Karl-Anthony Towns, former Duke star Jay Williams, Andrew Bynum and current Vanderbilt point guard Wade Baldwin IV. Being a New Jersey native, I am very familiar with Battle’s game as I have watched him in person numerous times.
Battle has had a rough past year while battling injuries. He only played in 9 games as a junior while he was recovering from a stress fracture in his foot but has now stated he is healthy. Battle has a well-developed body for a high school player and is physical on both ends of the floor. He is a good athlete who is very exciting when in transition. For an 18-year old he is excellent defensively and has the ability to guard multiple positions. He should do very well in the 2-3 zone that Syracuse plays on defense. The NJ native has a solid mid-range game and very good size for the SG position. He will have to improve his overall shooting ability however to remain a SG at the next level and beyond.
If Battle struggles with his shooting as he gets older he might have to switch to the small forward position. He would be a tweener because of his height, however with his defensive ability he might be able to overcome it. Currently not a great ball-handler as drives to his right the majority of the time. At the high school level he can get away with it but will be a problem in college if he doesn’t improve his ball-handling. For all his talent he settles for a lot of jump-shots. He needs to become more aggressive. A reason can be is that he has battled a lot of injuries already in his career and might be hesitant when playing physical.
When I watched Tyus Battle play as a sophomore, I thought I was looking at a future NBA first round pick. In fact Battle was rated as a top-10 player in his class during his freshmen and sophomore seasons. It looks like the injuries (battled wrist and quad injuries as well) have limited his aggressiveness. My analysis of Battle in college fully healthy would be this. He has the perfect size for a shooting guard. He can be an elite lock-down defender at the SG and SF position. He has a great basketball body and IQ. If he can improve his jump-shot and rebounding he will be a very good player. In order for all of this to happen he needs to stay injury free. It is a major concern that he has had multiple injuries in his high school career. Hopefully the injuries fade away and people get the chance to watch a very talented overall player when healthy perform to his abilities.
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF TYUS BATTLE
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