The Mark Coyle Athletic Director hire has deservingly dominated the Syracuse University headlines these last few days, but it’s also been a busy week for Syracuse basketball. Highly coveted 2016 point guard Tyus Battle reopened his commitment and Gerry McNamara offered a scholarship to the second best player in the 2017 class.
Battle was right at the top of Syracuse’s list for 2016 point guards before he committed to Michigan in May. This past weekend Scout.com reported that he not only decomitted from the Wolverines program, he also visited the Hill.
Jim Boeheim clearly wants a point guard in 2016. When Battle committed to Michigan, the Orange coaches targeted Alterique Gilbert, Kevin Huerter and Kobi Jordan-Simmons as other options at PG.
Right now Syracuse has one more scholarship open in the 2016 class because of the NCAA sanctions and Matthew Moyer’s commitment. Adding Battle, a New Jersey product, would be a dream come true for Boeheim and company.
Looking to 2017, Moyer has been doing some recruiting of his own to try and help out his future team. The forward is participating in the NBPA Top 100 camp at the University of Virginia and is on the same team as Michael Porter, the second rated player in the 2017 class according to ESPN.
At the Mary Kline Classic a few weeks prior Moyer pitched SU basketball to Porter and he liked what he heard. Porter called up coach McNamara and was offered on the spot. There’s a lot of time left before the 6’-9’’ forward from Missouri chooses a school, but it’s definitely promising that he’s on SU’s radar.
In the short term, Syracuse fans should be on the look out for any Battle developments. He’s the player Syracuse has wanted from the beginning.
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Posted: Connor Morrissette