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.
Jim Boeheim sees ‘significant improvement’ in Tyus Battle
By ADAM ZAGORIA
For a while last spring, it remained unclear if Tyus Battle would ever play another game at Syracuse.
He tested the NBA Draft waters and worked out for several teams before ultimately choosing to return to campus for his junior year.
Syracuse head Jim Boeheim is glad he did.
“Tyus Battle [has had] quite a significant improvement in his game over the summer,” Boeheim said Thursday by phone. “The work that he’s put in, it’s great to have him back here.”
Asked what specifically has improved, Boeheim said: “His shooting has improved, his ball-handling. I think his physical preparation is tremendous. He just looks ready to go and it’s really good to see a guy come back who can graduate at the end of this year in three years and is so dedicated to basketball and yet he’s going to be able to graduate so I think that’s a great lesson for everybody.”
After averaging 19.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists last season, the 6-foot-6 Edison, N.J., native worked out for the Knicks, Nets, Clippers, and Magic, but chose to withdraw from the Draft on May 30.
He is currently projected as the No. 29 pick in the Draft, per the latest ESPN.com mock.
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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.