Not many rising juniors have had a more productive summer than five-star guard Tyus Battle.
Battle added scholarship offers from a who’s who of high-major programs, he’s made campus visits to UConn, Villanova, Michigan, Louisville and Kentucky and he’s played in a majority of the top camps and tournaments on the summer circuit.
Battle played in the Nike EYBL, excelled at Peach Jam and attended Steph Curry and Reebok’s Elite Camp. Because that wasn’t enough, he hopped in a tournament with his high school team during the first evaluation period.
Despite all of the games, attention and travel, he’s hopeful to add one more date to the calendar: a trip to Dubai.
Battle is trying out with an elite group of under 17 prospects in Colorado Springs to make USA Basketball’s 12 man roster to compete in the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship (Aug 8-16th). After all of the competition that Battle has faced this summer, facing off in a tryout against the best high school players in the country doesn’t even feel like anything new.
“The competition I’ve faced this summer is pretty good too because I play in the EYBL,” Battle said during a phone interview after the first session of training camp. “But USA Basketball is just the best kids in the country under 17 coming in here trying to make one team so it’s a major competition.
“It’s amazing. You know it’s an honor to represent your country and just to have a chance to come out here and tryout for USA Basketball is just a huge honor.”