2016 5-star recruit Tyus Battle could be what Michigan and Ohio State need for the 2016-2017 season.
Battle is shooting guard from New Jersey, and according to ESPN, Battle is the the #4 shooting guard in the nation. He is being recruited by some of the elite schools in the country, including Michigan, Kentucky, Syracuse, and Duke. Battle is also being recruited by another Big Ten school in Ohio State. He has taken official visits to Duke and Louisville so far, and this weekend he will be in Ann Arbor, according to Detroit Free Press.
Battle is certainly one of the top targets in the class of 2016 recruits, and there seems to be no clear choice for Battle as of right now, According to Zagsblog.com, Battle's father Gary, would like to see a decision around some time in June. Wherever Battle ends up, he will make an immediate impact.
Battle recruiting breakdown
Battle is one of the best shooting guards from the class of 2016 recruits, and he can do just about everything on both ends of the floor. He has great size for a guard by being about 6-foot-6, and he can do what every coach wants in their shooting guard; shoot. He has a terrific mid-range game, and outside shooting game, which is going to make any team very happy if they land Battle. He also can attack the rim at will, and he can certainly play above the rim. Battle has elite athleticism, which also can be seen on the defensive end because he has the ability to block shots on the perimeter and on the run towards the hoop.
He will need to put on a little more size while he is in college if he wants to be an elite player in college, but other than that, he does not have many flaws. Battle is also a terrific ball-handler, which is just another one of his great skills. Battle will be able to defend guards and small forwards on the perimeter, he is terrific on offense, but he might even be a better defender.
What could Battle mean for Michigan?
Michigan swung and missed on 2015 5-star recruit Jaylen Brown, which is why Battle could be huge for the program during the 2016-2017 season. Battle could be the rightful successor for Caris LeVert, and Battle would be given freedom as a shooting guard under coach John Beilein. Michigan will need Battle to compete for a Big Ten championship in the 2016-2017 season. Zak Irvin and Derrick Walton Jr. will probably still be in Ann Arbor to play alongside Battle, and that would be a dominant trio for the Wolverines.
What could Battle mean for Ohio State?
Ohio State is losing many of their key players for the 2015-2016 season, and if the Buckeyes can land Battle, then the team would make some noise in the Big Ten during the 2016-2017 season. Battle could be what D'Angelo Russell was for the Buckeyes in the 2014-2015 season. Battle would be the go-to guy for the Buckeyes, and he could make Ohio Sate very dangerous.
Battle will help any team on his list
Obviously Battle is one of best players from the class of 2016 recruits, and any team on his list will be more than happy to have him on their roster during the 2016-2017 season. A decision in June could be upon us, and as of right now, no team is the clear choice for Battle.