Jim Rosa @jimrosa519
Well, folks, the summer is almost over and the hottest transfer this summer has finally been confirmed. On Friday, both brothers finally confirmed that they will be taking their game to the Middlesex county Perennial power St Joseph Metuchen; according to Jeremy Schneider. This is a huge dynamics changer in NJ Boys basketball entering the season as the Falcons have reason to believe that they are once again favorites to not only win Non-public A but the Tournament of Champions as well. The last time the falcons were able to make it to the TOC finals they were lead by 2015 first overall pick Karl Anthony Towns.
Tyus and younger brother Khalif will join standout guard Breein Tyree in 2015. At nearly six feet seven inches, Tyus battle will be one of the most athletic seniors to hit the floor this season. In addition, Khalif will also be adding some size to go along with this array of explosiveness. This ability will only be added when added to a group of talent that was able to rattle many sensational dunks when Tyree was able to get his hands on the ball in 2015-2016.
The biggest factor for Tyus battle this season will come down to his ability to stay on the court throughout the entire season. Last season, Battle was unable to play for a majority of the season. He had been dealing with a foot injury that proved to cost him playing time which eventually limited his playing time to only nine games.
Although missing a majority of games his Junior year, he already proved to many people that he was one of the best players in the state. During his sophomore year, Tyus Battle averaged over 22 points per game. In addition, he also grabbed 6.3 rebounds along with 3.6 assists per game for Gill St Bernards. This surge prompted him to rise as one of the top 50 prospects in New Jersey going into the 2015-2016 season.
Khalif battle is also a top rated prospect in NJ. It is interesting to see what the chemistry will be like for both brothers who now are officially teammates.
After much anticipation, Tyus Battle can now finish out his high school career close to home. Next year, Battle will be at a Syracuse program that has built up a lot of talent from within NJ the past year. Currently Malachi Richardson, Shaun Belby, and Moustapha Diagne are all Syracuse commits that played in the class of 2014-2015. We all know about the quality of basketball players that continue to flow in and out of NJ.
St Joseph will certainly be a great story this year with the amount talent they will have on the on the court. It will be interesting to see how this team stacks up in comparison to the teams that they have been able to roll out in the past. Although we do not know what the outcome of the 2015-2016 boys basketball season will be, we certainly know that the Battle brothers will provide that energy that many high school basketball teams only wish that they were able to add to their team.
Jim Rosa can be found on Twitter @JimRosa519.