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Saturday / May 30.
  • Temple adds Butler transfer Khalif Battle

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Temple may be losing several players from New Jersey, but they are adding one as well.

    Khalif Battle, the 6-foot-5, 180-pound Butler transfer and Edison, N.J. native, has committed to Temple, he told ZAGSBLOG. Battle will sit the 2020-21 season and have three years of eligibility.

    “Coach [Aaron] McKie was a guard like myself,” Battle said. “He’s my size and played my position and he played in the NBA and coached at the level. He knows what he’s talking about and I get to work with him every day to get better. I believe in his plan to win games and be the best man and basketball player I can be.

    “Plus I love Philly so both is a bonus. It’s important to stay close to my family.”

    Battle, the brother of former Syracuse guard Tyus Battle, averaged 3.0 points and 1.0 rebounds last season.

    Temple is losing brothers Nate Pierre-Louis, who entered the NBA Draft, and Josh Pierre-Louis, who is transferring, as is fellow Jersey native James Scott.

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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.