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.
Anderson said, to the best of his knowledge, Battle’s younger brother, Khalif, a gifted 6-foot-2 guard, is enrolled “with a schedule” to attend St. Joseph as an incoming freshman and that St. Joseph would accept Tyus Battle “to make it easier on the family, so they don’t have to go to one place and another.”
Gary Battle, the boys’ father, said: “We don’t know if his brother is going to be there (at St. Joseph), let alone Ty. We haven’t decided on what they are going to do. It’s a family decision.”
Reigning NJSIAA Tournament of Champions winner Roselle Catholic is widely believed to be the other school which Tyus and Khalif Battle are considering. Most observers believe they will attend the same school for the 2015-16 academic year.
Under NJSIAA rules, Tyus Battle would be required to sit out the first 30 days of the upcoming season, unless his transfer to a new school is accompanied by a bonafide address change. The Battles reside in Edison.
“I don’t know if they are waiting to make up their minds, so the ball is basically in their court,” Anderson said, noting that if the Battle family wants to enroll its children at St. Joseph “(Tyus) is more than welcome to come.”
Winner of the 2014 NJSIAA Tournament of Champions, St. Joseph has produced Karl-Anthony Towns and Jay Williams, who were the No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks, respectively, of the 2015 and 2002 NBA Draft, and Andrew Bynum, the 10th overall selection of the 2005 NBA Draft.
A lingering foot injury caused Battle to miss much of his junior season this past year as he appeared in just nine games for Gill St. Bernard’s, averaging 16.9 points. As a sophomore, Battle averaged 22.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists.
Scout.com reported on Thursday that Tyus Battle has switched AAU programs, leaving Team Final of the EYBL for New Heights of the Under Armour Association.
Last month, Tyus Battle reopened his recruitment after de-committing from Michigan and subsequently visiting Syracuse, according to Scout.com.
Gary Battle, a 1,000-point scorer at Colonia High School in the 1980s who earlier this week was selected for induction into the Woodbridge Township Alumni Athletic Association Hall of Fame, has been heavily involved in his son’s recruiting process.
Battle had committed to Michigan after returning home from an official visit there in May. He chose the school over the likes of perennial basketball powers Duke, Louisville, Kentucky, Syracuse, and UConn, among others.
Battle had subsequent visits lined up for Syracuse and UConn, but cancelled both following his commitment to Michigan.
“It was hard for me to cancel both those visits because it was two schools I was deeply interested in, and I really wanted him to stay close to home,” Gary Battle told MyCentralJersey.com back in May at the time of his son’s commitment to Michigan. “I would have been okay with Duke or Louisville, but if not, I wanted him to stay close to home.”
Gill St. Bernards basketball coach Mergin Sina previously told MyCentralJersey.com that Battle was “a great student-athlete” who “fit in well” at the Gladstone-based prep school.
“The kids loved him,” Sina said last month. “I’m disappointed he’s leaving.”