Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Tyus Battle Takes in Villanova Game; Ohio State Next
After delaying his visit to see Villanova play, Tyus Battle was on hand Sunday afternoon when the No. 8 Wildcats clipped Marquette, 73-56.
The 6-foot-6 Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard’s sophomore guard is one of the top prospects in the Class of 2016 and considered a future pro by his coach.
“I love the way [head coach] Jay [Wright] talks to his guys,” Gary Battle, Tyus’ father, told SNY.tv. “They have a very unified group. Ty enjoyed the visit.”
Asked how Villanova planned to use Battle, Gary said, “Ball-handler, scorer and facilitator. He would be a 6-6 multi-faceted guard.”
Battle has state playoff games Tuesday and Thursday and his remaining schedule is up in the air.
He plans to visit Ohio State Sunday for the Michigan State game. He will also visit Michigan June 7.
Duke, Syracuse and SMU are among the other schools involved for Battle’s services. Last week, both Duke and Ohio State watched him play.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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