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Tuesday / January 28.

    Back when he was in middle school and casting about for a high school to take his basketball talents to, Tyus Battle visited St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark.

    At the time, the Gray Bees were a national power and happened to be led by a young coach on the rise: Dan Hurley.

    For a brief period, Gary Battle, Tyus’ father, considered sending his oldest boy to play for Hurley.

    “Oh yeah, I do remember that,” 6-foot-6 Tyus Battle said Wednesday by phone. “St. Benedict’s was a really good team at that time. That was at the time when I was looking to go to high school and stuff like that. I mean, he’s a really good coach at all levels he’s been at.”