Tyus Battle has withdrawn his name from the NBA Draft and will return to Syracuse for his junior season.
In Battle’s first two years at SU, he raised his scoring average from 11.3 points per game as a freshman to 19.2 as a sophomore. Battle topped the nation in minutes per game (39) as a sophomore, as well. Behind Battle’s 14.5 points per game in the NCAA Tournament, he carried the Orange on an improbable run to the Sweet 16, winning three games in five days before losing to Duke.
Battle has already scored more than 1,000 points in his Syracuse career. Only four other players in SU history reached that total by the end of their sophomore seasons. His 712 points as a sophomore were the most scored by an sophomore in SU history.
His return stabilizes the Orange amid a somewhat tumultuous offseason that featured Matthew Moyer and Braedon Bayer’s transfers, as well as Darius Bazley’s decision to head to the NBA G League instead of SU. He’ll be joining other returners Frank Howard, Oshae Brissett, Marek Dolezaj, Paschal Chukwu, Bourama Sidibe and Howard Washington.
— Oshae Brissett (@Obrissy) May 30, 2018
Tyus Battle will return to Syracuse, source told ESPN.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 30, 2018
So, next year's roster:
G Frank Howard
G Tyus Battle
F Oshae Brissett
F Marek Dolezaj
C Paschal Chukwu
G Jalen Carey
G Howard Washington
G Buddy Boeheim
G/F Elijah Hughes
F Robert Braswell
C Bourama Sidibe
10 scholarship players (11 if Buddy takes one, which I wouldn't bet on)
— OttosGrove.com 🍊 (@OttosGrove) May 31, 2018
Report: Tyus Battle withdraws name from NBA Draft, will return to Syracuse basketball | https://t.co/WSmIE5FSQq
— Syracuse Basketball (@syrbasketball) May 30, 2018
Another tidbit about Tyus Battle returning to @Cuse, he has the opportunity to get his degree in three years. He is a true student-athlete.
— Brent Axe (@BrentAxeMedia) May 30, 2018
It's official Tyus Battle will return to the @Cuse_MBB program for his Junior campaign. Our @DAMNTWIN breaks down the thrilling news & why it may be time to book those tickets to Minneapolis! #CuseMode #OrangeNation #Cuse #Orange https://t.co/7KD3uFrdxB
— InsideTheLoudHouse (@LoudHouseFS) May 30, 2018
— Eli (@elijahhughes4_) May 30, 2018