Tyus Battle, one of the top recruits in the Class of 2016 out of Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard’s, could make his college decision by June. The 6-foot-6 Battle is coming off back-to-back official visits to Duke and Louisville, where he had dinner at home with both Mike Krzyzewski and Rick Pitino, according to Syracuse.com. Battle also had an in-home visit Wednesday night with Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim and assistant coach Mike Hopkins.
Canadian junior combo guard Jamal Murray will not make the trip to Lexington, Ky. with his CIA Bounce travel team this weekend for the second stop on the Nike EYBL circuit. Murray’s father, Roger, told CatsPause.com Thursday night it is to give his son some much-needed time to rest and space to make his decision on whether to reclassify to the class of 2015. Along with Kentucky, Murray is also considering Oregon, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and Syracuse among others.
After losing 5-star PG Derryck Thornton to Duke this week, Louisville offered 2016 PG Alterique Gilbert Wednesday, his coach, Sharman White announced. Gilbert, a four-star prospect from Lithonia (GA) Miller Grove, is rated the No. 11 PG nationally in the 247Sports Composite. The 5-11, 180-pound Gilbert has been a popular prospect since his EYBL performance in Hampton this month, receiving new offers from Louisville, Syracuse, Tennessee, Vanderbilt.
On his seventeenth birthday, Harry Giles III, the top power forward in the class of 2016, had Duke coaches Mike Krzyzewski and Jeff Capel in his home in Winston-Salem, NC. Giles, the first person offered by Duke in the class of 2016, has hosted the Blue Devils staff on each of his last two birthdays, according to Jason Jordan of USA Today.
Offensive lineman Josh Ball of Fredericksburg, Va., visited South Carolina during his spring break earlier this month, and he has the Gamecocks well up on his list. Ball said he thoroughly enjoyed his visit to USC April 10 and got a good feel for the school and the program. Ball is up to 22 offers, with Florida State his newest. He met Tuesday with recruiters from Florida State, Pittsburgh, Kentucky and Maryland. Virginia Tech also has been in. He’s expecting USC to visit as well.