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SB Nation ranks Syracuse’s Tyus Battle as 100th-best player in college basketball

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We probably think he should’ve been higher, but that’s fine.

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With the college basketball season tipping off tomorrow, everyone’s getting their final previews in. The latest among those “everyone” is SB Nation, which I’d assume is a familiar name to readers.

Along with top storylines and preseason rankings, they’ve also ranked the top 100 players in the country. Among them? The Syracuse Orange’s Tyus Battle. However, he clocks in all the way down at No. 100.

Mike Rutherford explains:

“With Taurean Thompson out of the fold, there’s no question that Battle will be Jim Boeheim’s best player in 2017-18. On a team without a great deal of offensive firepower, Battle could put up some massive numbers in ACC play.”

Everyone’s seemingly pretty high on Battle’s potential for this year, especially after a strong freshman campaign. And with zero proven options beyond him right now (although, Geno Thorpe should make a real impact), it makes sense that he’d be getting the headlines and attention for Syracuse.

Now, this is where many of you gripe about the fact that he’s 100th out of 100. And there’s likely a point to be made there. Many seemed to be displeased with Battle’s ranking as the 71st-best player by CBS. Sitting 29 spots lower on SBN’s list will send a few more Orange fans on a rampage.

But given how far off the radar Syracuse is right now, I think we can just say it’s fine, and hope that Battle surpasses the expectations being laid out nationally. We know he’s a good player, and the rest of the country seems to as well. Where he ranks doesn’t really affect how we finish -- though more impressive numbers would probably boost that final W-L, too.

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Anyway... for further context, a total of 19 ACC players were chosen to the list, with Duke leading the way at four. Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina and Notre Dame each had two players as well. Syracuse was one of five programs with one pick, along with Boston College, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

Along with those SU conference foes, another five players on the schedule were also included. Kansas had two selections, while Maryland, St. Bonaventure and UConn each had one.

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