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Wednesday / November 30.
  • Harvard lands Class of 2023 small forward Thomas Batties

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Thomas Batties, the 6-foot-7 Class of 2023 small forward from Gonzaga College High School (D.C.) and Team Takeover, committed to Harvard on Saturday after visiting the school.

    Princeton, Yale, Colgate and Lehigh were also involved.

    “The biggest factor that led to my commitment was Coach [Tommy] Amaker,” he said. “Throughout my whole recruitment, I was recruited by some great coaches and great people, but Coach Amaker stood out to me. Accolades and reputation aside, Coach Amaker is more than a coach in my eyes. He presented himself to me as a mentor and an advocate of mine who just wanted to see me succeed. Having someone like that as my coach at such a great school was impossible to pass up on for me.”

    He added: “I would say my skill set involves a little bit of everything. I’m recognized as a defensive player, but I can play multiple positions and contribute to a team in whatever way is asked of me on both ends of the court.”

    Batties joins point guard Malik Mack and center Aidan Cammann in Harvard’s 2023 class.

    “His best basketball is still ahead of him,” Gonzaga coach Steve Turner said. “He has the ability to play multiple positions on the floor and can create mismatch problems with his ability to score at all three levels.”

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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.