It’s been a while since Syracuse basketball has had something to look forward to. NCAA sanctions, no postseason, players transferring, and Thomas Bryant choosing Indiana have all contributed to the Orange reaching its lowest point in years, but now there’s nowhere to go but up. The climb could begin with Tyus Batte, who has scheduled his official visit to Syracuse.
First reported by Adam Zagoria, Battle will visit Syracuse from the 22-24 of this month. Along with Syracuse, the 5-star guard will take a trip to Michigan later this week. Battle has already visited ACC rivals Duke and Louisville.
What does an official visit mean for Syracuse’s chances? A recruit can only take 5 official visits to Division I schools, so in theory it means that Syracuse is at least in Battle’s top 5. More importantly, the visit is a chance for Syracuse to show Battle all it has to offer and maybe even get him to see past those sanctions put on the school. In the end, how this visit goes could make or break Syracuse’s chances.
Battle already has a good relationship with the Syracuse coaching staff. Gary Battle has consistently told reporters of how impressed he’s been with the involvement of Jim Boeheim in the recruitment of his son. He told Syracuse.com, “We’ve gotten to know Coach Hop first, then Coach Boeheim. They’ve been consistent with what they’ve been talking about.”
It’s always nice to have a good relationship with the coaching staff. Speaking of that staff, it was smart of them to have Battle come to The Hill during the summer; might as well cast the campus in its brightest light.
Posted: Nathan Dickinson