While Michigan is still a possibility for Battle, he just wants another chance to look at other options. Other than visiting Syracuse and Michigan, Battle has also visited Louisville and Duke. Battle said Ohio St. is also in the mix with the four aforementioned schools.
Landing a player like Battle will go a long way to getting Syracuse back on track after last season’s self-imposed ban from violations stemming from ineligible players dating back to 2002. The team was placed on a five-year probation and was given a reduction of 12 scholarships over four years.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim has already stated he will be retiring after the 2017-2018 season Syracuse University chancellor Kent Syverud announcing that assistant coach Mike Hopkins would take over the basketball program. Hopkins had long been considered Boeheim’s successor, but Syverud refused to name Hopkins Boeheim’s successor after last season’s violations.
Battle said he really enjoyed Syracuse’s coaching staff. He should save his fifth and final visit to going back to Syracuse when they host North Carolina or Duke next season. Imagining themselves playing in front of a sold out crowd in excess of 35,000 people has helped Syracuse land many big-time recruits such as Derrick Coleman, Billy Owens, Carmelo Anthony, and Dion Waiters.
Wherever he decides to attend school, Battle may be a one-and-done college player. He is currently ranked number 18 overall in the class of 2016.
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