Battle eventually penned this letter on March 29:
Tyus Battle was feeling it for @Cuse_MBBBattled scored season-high 32 points in the upset win#OrangeNaiton (@tyusbattle1) pic.twitter.com/mh9SybPZUV — ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) January 15, 2019
By Tyus Battle
The past three years here at Syracuse University have been some of the best years of my life.
When I arrived here as a freshman, I didn’t know what to expect. I was a shy kid from New Jersey with aspirations of making an impact.
The Syracuse community welcomed me with open arms. They helped mold me into the young man I am today, and I thank them for that.
The fans who packed the Dome every night, win or lose — they stood outside in the cold in subfreezing weather after the game — regardless of the game’s outcome. You always showed us so much love.
To the teachers and faculty who challenged me and helped prepare me for life outside of the game: They are my heroes.
To my teammates who have grown into my brothers: They will always hold a special place in my heart.
I have made the decision to embark on the next chapter of my life to pursue a professional basketball career. I am confident that I am ready because of you.
Just as you have given your heart to me, I have given it right back each time I put on my Syracuse jersey and stepped out on the basketball court.
I accomplished as much I could throughout my time here at Syracuse. I leave holding my head high knowing that I gave this community all I had and left everything on the court each and every night.
Thank you to my coaches: Coach Boeheim, GMac, Red and Griff. You knew when to challenge me to bring out my best and when to simply encourage me to do what you knew I was capable of.
A special thanks to the basketball staff — Brad Pike, Katie Scanlon, Ryan Cabiles, Kip Wellman and Dan Shworles, Coach Wayne Morgan, Pastor Will and the team managers — I appreciate all that you have done for me.
So with that I say goodbye for now. Thank you for everything!Photo: Syracuse.com. Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter And Like ZAGS on Facebook