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Tyus Battle Staying Positive About Syracuse, According To Report

The five-star recruit's father says the program's NCAA penalties will not factor into his son's decision.

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Could the loss of scholarships help the Syracuse Orange men's basketball season help land a prized recruit for 2016? It sounds like it after Tyus Battle's father, Gary, spoke with's Donna Ditota on Sunday.

"I told Tyus what was going on, he read a few articles," Gary Battle said. "He said, 'If there's just 10 guys on scholarship, there's more playing time for me.'"

The 6-foot-5, combo guard's father said he has not spoken to Syracuse coaches since Friday's news, however, despite what is going on, the Orange will stay on his son's list of heavyweights that include: the Duke Blue Devils, the Louisville Cardinals, the Connecticut Huskies, the Michigan Wolverines, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

According to Battle's father, Syracuse still has a lot going for it, including its location near the guard's home in New Jersey and the communications program.

Landing Battle would be huge considering SU will be lacking in guards come the 2016 season when Trevor Cooney and Michael Gbinije are gone. Of course, any break Syracuse can get will be huge.