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Wednesday / May 22.
  • Arizona Latest to Pitch 2016 Guard Tyus Battle

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    Arizona was the latest high-profile school to pitch Tyus Battle when assistant coach Book Richardson passed through the Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard’s school on Friday.

    “Book did an outstanding job painting a clear picture of where Tyus would fit in at Arizona,” Gary Battle, Tyus’s father, told SNY.tv. “They like that he’s a big combo guard.”

    The 6-foot-5 Battle, a 2016 combo guard who won a gold medal with the USA U17 team at the FIBA World Championship in Dubai in July, has had a Who’s Who of high-major coaches see him in the past two weeks.

    Kentucky’s John Calipari, Virginia’s Tony Bennett, UConn’s Kevin Ollie, Miami’s Jim Larranaga, Louisville’s Rick Pitino, Villanova’s Jay Wright, Rutgers’ Eddie Jordan, Michigan’s John Beilein, Ohio State’s Thad Matta and Florida’s Billy Donovan have also made their pitches to Battle.

    Meantime, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim — fresh off their gold medal in the FIBA World Cup and subsequent defense against a scathing Yahoo! Sports article — are due in next week.

    Coach K and assistant Jon Scheyer are due Wednesday, and Boeheim and Mike Hopkins are expected Friday.

     

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    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. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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