Tyus Battle returned to the court over the weekend at the Nike Basketball Academy, playing competitively for the first time in months.
Of more note to Michigan fans might be the fact that he finally spoke publicly about his decommit to Scout.com and also changed his Twitter profile and removed the phrase “MICHIGAN COMMIT” and a photoshopped picture of himself in a Michigan jersey.
“My whole family just wanted to look at other schools and other options,” Battle explained. “I still really like Michigan a lot. I’m just looking at other schools and other options.”
“Everything is open,” Battle said.
With one official visit remaining, there’s a possibility he opts to take another trip, but he’s yet to make that decision.
“I’m not sure,” he said. “I’m going to talk to my parents and decide from there.”
Syracuse is technically out of scholarships after landing a commitment from Providence transfer Paschal Chukwu, but is expected to continue recruiting in the class of 2016. Reports are that Battle was somewhat rusty during the Nike event, but he heated up on Sunday evening according to a tweetby Evan Daniels.
Tyus Battle has had a strong showing in the late night round of games. Made multiple 3's, tossed in a floater, couple finishes at rim
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) June 29, 2015
Big men impress at Team Camp
Michigan hosted its annual Team Camp over the weekend and class of 2016 commitments Jon Teske and Austin Davis were both in attendance with their high school teams. Prep Hoops Michigan was in attendance at the camp and provided a detailed report on the duo. Here’s a snippet of their report:
A true rim protector, Teske seemed to thrive going up and getting shots in the air and swatting them out of bounds. After the first couple of minutes in each game PHM saw him play, opposing guards were not too keen about attacking the paint anymore.
Austin Davis is a 6’10, 260 pound center that attends Onsted high school in Michigan and is nothing like his “baby Davis” Twitter handle suggests. The Onsted product is a man down low, with the size and strength to compete with any big man in the entire country.
Jermaine Jackson Jr. was another standout at the event as Prep Hoops Michigan named him one of the top performers at the event, noting that “he has a variety of moves which he put on full display today as he can either blow by his defender to get to the rack or pull up with a deadly strap from the perimeter.”
Mortiz Wagner en route to Ann Arbor
Moritz Wagner is on his way to campus to begin his college career. The versatile German forward tweeted that he was headed to campus on Friday.
The journey begins… Off to Ann Arbor. I feel blessed that I am heading off to Campus #Michtape
There’s also a quick clip of fresh footage of Wagner floating around the internet featuring a nice take to the basket followed by a strong finish in transition.
Nike Basketball Academy measurements
Tyus Battle wasn’t the only familiar name at Nike’s Skills Academy over the weekend. Former Wolverine Trey Burke was one of the featured pros at the event and several other Michigan recruiting targets were in attendance.
The camp is also one of the few opportunities that we have to get accurate measurements for top prospects. Here’s a look at how several invited Michigan targets measured up at the event.
|Tyus Battle||6-foot-7||199 lbs||6-foot-8.5|
|Jarron Cumberland||6-foot-4.5||217 lbs||6-foot-5.5|
|Cassius Winston||6-foot-2||194 lbs||6-foot-4|
|Bruce Brown||6-foot-5||191 lbs||6-foot-8.5|
|Kevin Huerter||6-foot-6||169 lbs||6-foot-6|
|Miles Bridges||6-foot-7.5||230 lbs||6-foot-8.5|
Michigan target Kevin Huerter drew praise on Twitter from ESPN’s Joel Francisco.
— Joel Francisco (@JoelFranHoops) June 28, 2015
NBPA Top 100 Highlights
With CJ Walker and Quentin Goodin off the board, Bryce Aiken has emerged as a primary backup option at the point guard position. Here’s footage of him in action at the NBPA Top 100 Camp.
While he’s not a pure point guard, Bruce Brown is also being recruited as a lead guard at Michigan. Brown also was impressive at the NBPA Top 100 Camp.