MBB Recruiting: 5* G Tyus Battle to officially visit this Thursday

Submitted by ypsituckyboy on May 5th, 2015 at 10:36 AM

Tyus Battle, who is clearly #1 on Michigan's board at the 2-guard spot, will use his 4th official visit to come to Ann Arbor this Thursday.

His Crystal Ball is 82% Duke and 18% Syracuse at this point, so I think it's clear that he'll be headed to Ann Arbor for the fall of 2016.


the real hail_yes

May 5th, 2015 at 11:16 AM ^

but having a parent influencing the decision/timeline has been known to cause its own issues. I feel like the 'so-and-so's mom/dad loves Michigan' thing never works out for us, but hey what the hell... if he's visiting we've got a chance.


May 5th, 2015 at 10:48 AM ^

His Crystal Ball is 82% Duke and 18% Syracuse at this point, so I think it's clear that he'll be headed to Ann Arbor for the fall of 2016.

...or Hofstra....maybe Austin Peay, the way the Crystal Ball seems to work. 

In all seriousness though, that's quite the offer sheet - in addition to Duke, Louisvulle, Syracuse, Connecticut and us, Kentucky, Arizona, Virginia and Villanova just to mention a few (full ist HERE). In the Big Ten, Ohio State, Maryland, Indiana and Rutgers also offered. 


May 5th, 2015 at 10:51 AM ^

Jaylen Brown was a unique situation. He literally said nothing during his recruitment except to refute that he had eliminated schools (which it turned out he probably had eliminated).

I was cautiously optimistic about Brown BECAUSE he was so quiet. Obviously my confidence was misplaced, but I don't see him as a reflection on the CBs. They can be useful.


May 5th, 2015 at 11:52 AM ^

I actually find them useful as they tend to be more up to date than the favorite, warm, cool listings that the recruiting sites use themselves.  They will never be 100% accurate but it gives a decent sense of where a recruit is looking and what teams are in the running. Even the best recruiting reporters aren't 100% right on where they think kids will go.


May 5th, 2015 at 11:16 AM ^

when can we expect the dong punch? before or after he has a great time and puts us near the top? /s

seriously tho, i can't follow hoops recruiting anymore. most guys we get have never even been discussed on this site...


May 5th, 2015 at 11:31 AM ^

I'm still a bit surprised that we haven't won a couple of these battles.  Doesn't it seem like we are always a close second to these 4* and 5* types?  I wonder if there is a certain type of player that just doesn't want the "golly gee, shucks" type of coach that JB sometimes comes of as.  Some kids want the edgy/hip/flashy type of coach and/or program.  That, we are not, nor should be.  Just a thought.

True Blue Grit

May 5th, 2015 at 12:57 PM ^

But, my belief has always been that a lot of other coaches (fill in the familiar names) will tell these kids basically anything that it takes to get them to sign up.  That includes making unreasonable promises and telling them how great they are.  I'm 99.9% sure Beilein won't do that.  He's a straight shooter who will always be fair and even with everyone on the team no matter who they are. 


May 5th, 2015 at 11:41 AM ^

Towns ain't coming here unless there's attrition at the 3 or 4 spot. We have two, maybe three scholarships left to give for 2016. One of those is guaranteed to be a PG, one is guaranteed to be a 2-guard, and the third, if it materializes, will probably go to someone who can play the 2 or the 3 (Towns can't play the 2).


May 5th, 2015 at 11:47 AM ^

That's one option.  The other is to take these things FWIW and with the appropriate uncertainty, skepticism, etc.

Michigan needs to get an elite talent to make it back to the Final 4.  Battle's one of our best bets.  If some of the ballz turn (maize and) blue after his visit, I'll consider that a positive development, but not earthshattering.  If they don't, I'll consider Battle a (very) long-shot.


May 5th, 2015 at 11:59 AM ^

we just aren't going to get 5 star kids unless they commit early before they blow up (GRIII), or there are a ton of existing connections (McGary). 

We probably would be better served going back to finding the top 100 guys with big upside and hope they produce early (like Burke and Nik) or they stay for 3-4 years and develop over time. 



May 5th, 2015 at 3:22 PM ^

Because it's dumb.

Michigan will lose more than it will win with these guys but that's the nature of the game. They've come close on several and landed one under Beilein. Beilein will keep trying, rightfully so.

CRISPed in the DIAG

May 5th, 2015 at 12:31 PM ^

Brandon Ingram committed to Duke.  Ingram is supposedly tight with Battle.  Duke will need a SG next year.  Duke will land Battle.  Unless Battle is oneanddone.  And that likely makes no difference because, you know, Duke will need a SG. Hope I'm wrong, but it seems pretty simple at this point.

True Blue Grit

May 5th, 2015 at 1:01 PM ^

top ranked kids commit to Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, and Arizona.  Jaylen Brown was the outlier who chose to go to some other school - unfortunately not us.  So discouraging to see him choose Cuonzo Martin over John Beilein.  Yes, I realize there were other factors.  But if I were a top recruit trying to pick a school, it seems the track record, experience, and skill of the head coach would be a huge factor.