With recruiting, programs always have their eyes on the future. Syracuse is no exception as they have already started recruiting a talented 2016 prospect very hard. Tyus Battle has camped with the Orange, holds an offer, and continues to stay in touch.
"Yeah (Syracuse has been in touch)," Battle said. "I saw him after the Syracuse/Seton Hall game. We talked about what I thought of the game and all that. He asked if I wanted to come up and see a game. The Louisville game."
Not only has Syracuse offered, but he is being recruited by Kentucky as well, among others. Having such big name programs after him this early means a lot to the Gladstone (NJ) Gill St. Bernard's product.
"It's just great," Battle admitted. "It's a huge honor. It happened so fast to have huge programs interested in me. It's just happening really fast and it's a blessing."
Being a New Jersey guy, he grew up watching Big East basketball. He remembers seeing the Orange as well.
"I grew up watching a few games," Battle recalled. "I grew up watching a lot of games, actually in the Big East. When Carmelo (Anthony) was there, I watched them play. It's a great program. The zone defense is really affective against college teams.
"It's good (the move to the ACC). It means the Big East is splitting up a little bit which is tough being a guy from the east coast. But they'll have better competition in the ACC."
While the trip to watch the Orange take on Louisville won't be Battle's first trip to Syracuse, it will be the first time taking in a game day atmosphere. He is also looking forward to speaking with Jim Boeheim again.
"I've been up there for a camp," Battle described. "But I've never been on a visit yet. I talked to him (Jim Boeheim) at little bit at the camp, but not really after that. He's very successful with what he's been doing over the past few years. He has over well over 800 or 900 wins already. Just a lot of wins and a great coach."
If Syracuse is the school Battle ends up playing for, he believes he would be a good fit into the zone system.
"I think I would fit in fine because I'm kind of long for a guard," Battle said. "I can clog a lot of opponents up and deflect some balls."
Battle added that his game most often is compared to Penny Hardaway.