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Update: Tyus Battle confirms he’s returning to Syracuse

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It took all the way up to the deadline, but ESPN reported this afternoon that Battle will be back at Cuse in the fall.

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Update (11:30): Tyus Battle told ESPN’s Jonathan Givony that he had submitted his paperwork and will officially return to Syracuse for the 2018-19 season.

For everyone still reeling in the aftermath of the Darius Bazley withdrawal from Syracuse, find some solace in this. Tyus Battle is returning to the Orange for the 2018-19 season.

After an up-and-down combine performance, mixed signals from his family, and an earlier report that he was likely to remain in the NBA Draft, Jeff Goodman of ESPN reported this afternoon that Battle’s back. Battle later confirmed the report, after initially swelling some fears of a change of heart after he removed his initial Instagram post.

“Although I may have gotten picked by the NBA team of my dreams,” he wrote in a later one. “I feel it is in my best interest at this time to focus on improving some fine points in my game while continuing to work towards achieving my degree.”

Members of Battle’s family previously affirmed his desire to get a college degree, after his late grandmother told him to do so. He is enrolled in Syracuse’s information technology school. His plan to enter the 2019 NBA Draft likely means he’ll be able to graduate in three years.

Battle led Cuse to the Sweet Sixteen in his sophomore season, scored 19 points per game, played every minute of essentially every game and avoided foul trouble to assume the role of the Orange’s most reliable option among scrapped-together talent. He even took over at point when Frank Howard fouled out of Cuse’s miraculous upset of Michigan State in March.

Now he’ll join Jalen Carey, Elijiah Hughes, Buddy Boeheim, Howard and eventually Howard Washington in a far deeper back court than a season ago.

His attempt to reach the NBA slowed in momentum as he only met with the Pistons at Chicago’s combine and slid in mock drafts. The consensus as June arrives was that he’d slide into the second round, and therefore receive no guaranteed contract beyond a training camp invite.

The Clippers, Lakers, Nets and Magic also reportedly worked out Battle. With a massive array of guards comprising the middle rankings of this year’s draft, they’ll have no shortage of options beyond Battle.

With Battle possibly back in tow, Syracuse now fills 10 scholarships, with three remaining.