Tyus Battle is likely to forgo his remaining two years of eligibility with the Syracuse Orange and officially enter the 2018 NBA Draft, according to a source that spoke with Adam Zagoria of the New York Times and SportsNet New York.
“The Syracuse sophomore wing,” he wrote on his website. “Will “likely” remain in the NBA Draft, a source close to the situation told ZAGSBLOG.”
Syracuse wing Tyus Battle 'likely' to remain in NBA Draft— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) May 21, 2018
Zagoria added on 1060 The Score in Syracuse that Battle worked out with the Clippers this past week and is scheduled to play in front of four more teams before the May 30 deadline to enter the draft.
At the NBA Combine, which wrapped up on Friday, Battle struggled on Thursday and bounced back on Friday in scrimmages, measured well amongst an abundance of rival guards and interviewed with the Pistons.
“Talking to the NBA guys, they’re not sure the guy they saw at Syracuse,” Zagoria said. “How he’ll translate to the NBA.”
He was unable to reveal the four other teams on Battle’s workout schedule.
Los Angeles selects 12th and 13th, an interesting factor given Battle’s widely-held ranking in the 28-40 range. Detroit selects 42nd.
If Battle departs, it will leave the Orange with nine scholarships and four remaining. Robert Braswell committed last week, Buddy Boeheim will compete as a walk-on, Darius Bazley decommitted and Elijiah Hughes officially joins the fold after sitting out as a transfer last season.
Should he depart? James Szuba weighed Battle’s options this morning.
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“10. SYRACUSE: If Tyus Battle returns, the Orange might be closer to top seven. If he doesn’t, they might end up in the bottom four. This seems like a happy medium.”
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