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 enjoyed his visit to Kentucky for Big Blue Madness and heads to Duke next weekend for their Midnight Madness.
“It went very well,” Gary Battle, the player’s father who did not make the trip with Tyus, told SNY.tv. “Tyus said Big Blue Madness was awesome and Cal and coach [John] Robic were very excited about him and how he may fit if he attends the school in a few years. Ty stated that he could see how Coach Cal gets some of the best talent year after year. It was a great event.”
Battle is being recruited by virtually every major program in the country, and plans to cut his list by December. Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse, Louisville, UConn, Michigan, Ohio State and Florida are among those in the mix.
Kentucky figures to be a safe bet to make the list for the 6-foot-6 junior guard from Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard’s who is ranked No. 14 in the Class of 2016 by ESPN.com.
“Coach Cal is an amazing guy,” Tyus told SNY.tv in reference to Kentucky’s John Calipari before the visit. “He keeps it real with you. He produces a lot of pros, develops his guys really well, and it’s a winning program.”
Kentucky, the newly minted preseason No. 1 team in the coaches’ poll, also hosted 2015 studs Carlton Bragg, Jaylen Brown, Brandon Ingram, Malik Newman and Stephen Zimmerman, along with their lone 2015 pledge, Charles Matthews.
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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