Louisville coach Rick Pitino will be on hand to see Tyus Battle when Gill St. Bernard’s hosts Montgomery on Feb. 12, Garry Battle, Tyus’s father, tells NJ Advance Media.Battle, the No. 15 recruit in the class of 2016 per ESPN and the defending Somerset County Player of the Year, is currently considering 11 schools — Louisville, UConn, Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Syracuse, Villanova and Virginia.
Arizona, LSU and Xavier are scheduled to watch 2016 five-star Kobi Simmons this week according to his travel team coach Horace Neysmith. Xavier head coach Chris Mack and LSU head coach Johnny Jones are expected today, and Arizona head coach Sean Miller on Friday.Missouri watched Simmons yesterday.
West Lindor, also signed a letter of intent to Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Lindor, who will likely be a wide out, is excited about playing football at an Ivy League institution.”I want to make sure I graduate from an Ivy League school so I can work anywhere and be well off with my career,” Lindor said. “Today’s really special for me. Not only can I graduate from an Ivy League school, it’s also a D-I football program, so I can potentially go to the NFL if that’s what my goals are.”
Of the 25 players SU signed on Wednesday, only two were rated as high as four stars by any of the three scouting services. Running back Dontae Strickland was listed at four stars by 247sports.com while safety Marquise Blair received a four-star rating from Scout.com. Both players were given three-star ratings from two of the three services.“My philosophy is to hire good coaches that are good evaluators of talent and watch the film without regard for who else thought they were good players, who offered them or who put stars and ratings next to their names, and believe our own eyes,” Shafer said.
Though the defense wasn’t bad either Wednesday night, holding the Lions’ powerhouse offense to eight points in the second quarter, seven in the third, and limiting their Division I-bound power trio of Moustapha Diagne, Jeromy Rodriguez and Matt Zignorski to just seven points each.Diagne scored five of his seven in the game’s early going, providing the Lions’ first five of the night, actually, with a top-of-the-key three-pointer and a dunk.