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.
Syracuse commit Tyus Battle will play his senior year of high school basketball at St. Joe’s-Metuchen and expects to be immediately eligible, according to NJ Advance Media.
That is the same school that produced Karl-Anthony Towns, the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
The 6-foot-6 Battle spent his first three years at Gill St. Bernard’s in Gladstone, N.J., but will now shift to St. Joe’s, which is much closer to his home. He will live with his mother in Woodbridge, N.J., and play alongside his younger brother, Khalif.
“They have a lot of great pros, really good players come out of St. Joe’s,” Battle told NJ Advance Media. “So hopefully we’ll win the T of C and be part of the tradition. Great academics there. A great community, I know a lot of kids that went there because I went to a small Catholic school around there.”
Khalif Battle is a 6-3 freshman point guard who will now play alongside his older brother.
“It means a lot, that was our main goal,” Tyus said. “It’s real important to play with my little brother. He’s going to be a really good player, so hopefully we can do some big things next year.”
St. Joe’s-Metuchen should be a contender to win another New Jersey Tournament of Champions title, but will face tough competition from Roselle Catholic, which added Teaneck point guard Leondre Washington and Baltimore forward Andre Rafus, as well as St. Anthony’s, which added power forward Daniel Mading and his younger brother Marial Mading, a freshman point guard.
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.