Syracuse assistant Red Autry watched Tyus Battle make his debut with New Heights at the Under Armour Association finals in Suwanee, Ga. The 6-foot-6 Battle went for 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in a blowout win, his first game since switching over from Team Final, which played in the Peach Jam. Battle recently decommitted from Michigan and visited Syracuse.
Blue chip recruit Michael Porter Jr., a forward for Tolton and one of the nation’s top basketball players in the Class of 2017, announced Saturday night on Twitter that he received an offer to play at reigning Southeastern Conference champs and blue blood Kentucky. Per Rivals.com, he has received offers from Missouri, Kansas, Indiana, Duke, Syracuse and Washington, among others.
According to multiple reports, class of 2016 combo guard Kobi Simmons has cut his list to six schools. Ohio State, Xavier, Kentucky, and Georgia, and North Carolina are the remaining programs for the 6-foot-5 prospect out of Georgia. Simmons had in-home visits with coaches from all six schools this spring. He is planning visits to Kentucky, Xavier, and Ohio State for the end of summer.
Tyus Battle, a 6-foot-6 wing and one of the top rising senior scholastic basketball players in the country, may be allowed to enroll, if he chooses, at state power St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, which normally does not accept senior transfers. St. Joseph would make an exception in the case of Battle, who spent the past three years at Gill St. Bernard’s, if his younger brother attends the Metuchen-based parochial school, according to St. Joseph Principal John Anderson.
Kurt Gavin wasn’t derailed by any of the allegations brought forth against the Illinois football program the past two months. “I heard about it, but I didn’t really think anything of it,” Gavin said Friday after he became the 10th commit for the Illini in the Class of 2016. “I’m there for more of the school part. Coaches come and go, but you have to fall in love with the school.” Gavin chose Illinois ahead of offers from Cincinnati, Nevada, North Carolina State, Syracuse and Western Michigan.
With spacious atriums of brick and glass, the inside of the Riverview Park Activities Center doesn’t usually seem cramped. But when Harry Giles, the rising senior at High Point Wesleyan Christian, is around, space becomes tight. A smooth 6-foot-10 forward, Giles is considered by many as the top recruit in his class. At the Nike EYBL Finals at Peach Jam, where he’s playing on Team CP3, he’s a rock star.
Two of the top three basketball recruits in the Class of 2016 are thinking about playing together in college and Kentucky is on both of their lists of finalists – but the Wildcats are not considered favorites for power forward Harry Giles III and small forward Jayson Tatum. The 6-10 Giles, widely regarded as the top rising senior in the country, said if the two are in fact a package deal, the choice would be one of their shared finalists: North Carolina, Duke or Kentucky. The Blue Devils are the popular pick.
Aaron Matthews (6-4, 183) was a huge part of Clairton’s record-breaking 2014 team and will no doubt put up big stats this year. The size of Matthews makes him nearly impossible for teams to cover and something that’s very attractive to D-1 schools. Matthews tells DreamBackfield.com that he currently holds 12 offers, latest ones coming from Syracuse and Minnesota. Does he have a Top 3? The answer is Yes,, “Pitt, West Virginia and Maryland (no order).