After a couple of years serving as Syracuse’s top scoring option, and the guy SU relied on to shoulder the load, Tyus Battle decided to head to the NBA. And just like he did at SU, Battle is continuing to do what he does best. Score the basketball.
After not being drafted, Battle signed a non-guaranteed minimum deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The contract can be converted into a two-way deal if Minnesota wants to keep SU’s former star guard. On Sunday Battle dropped nine points in just seven minutes to propel Minnesota to the Summer League final. Battle shot 50 percent from the field, to go along with three rebounds, one assist, and zero turnovers.
After five games, Battle is averaging just under four points a game on 43 percent shooting from the field. But after his past performance, Minnesota and other teams might continue to take a harder look at Battle. It’s important to mention that even though he’s playing for the Timberwolves, if the squad doesn’t sign Battle to a two-way contract, another team could swoop in and pick him up.
Minnesota is 5-0 and will play the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday at 9 p.m. for the Summer League Title. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2