“Tyus Battle was a man, he’s a man,” former Rutgers coach Mike Rice, who now works with the Hoop Group, told SNY.tv at the Sharette Dixon Classic on Sunday night. “Physically, his game is so mature. He moves at a different pace and a different explosiveness than a lot of high school players that I’ve seen, and I’ve seen a lot of them over my 22 years. He’s a man.”
The 6-foot-6 Battle had an eventful summer, decommitting from Michigan and pledging to Syracuse in July and then transferring to St. Joe’s-Metuchen from Gill St. Bernard’s in August in part so he could play alongside his younger brother Khalif, a freshman guard.