Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Sophomore withdraws from NBA Draft process

Sophomore withdraws from NBA Draft process

Syracuse Basketball fans will have another familiar face on the court once the season gets started.

Battle averaged 19.2 points per game last season, but despite that production he was projected by many to be a 2nd round pick.

After making himself eligible for the NBA Draft, Syracuse University guard Tyus Battle has decided instead to return to Syracuse for his junior year, according to ESPN and CBS Sports.

"This year it's all about the 'Cuse!" However, the NBA (God-willing) will be in a future chapter for me.

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Battle has already scored more than 1,000 points in his Syracuse career. During the 2017-18 season, there were several games in which Battle showed fatigue towards the end due to receiving little or no time to rest on the bench. They were a bubble team who barely made the NCAA Tournament cut, but did win one of the First Four play-in games and made a run to the Sweet 16, ending the year 23-14. That earned him a second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, and his 712 points were the most for a sophomore in school history. He'll be joining other returners Frank Howard, Oshae Brissett, Marek Dolezaj, Paschal Chukwu, Bourama Sidibe and Howard Washington.

Battle was the leading scorer past year on a team that made it to the N-C-A-A championship's Sweet 16.

Battle's nation-leading minutes per game could be eased by the addition of three guards to SU's lineup: East Carolina-transfer Elijah Hughes and freshmen Jalen Carey and Buddy Boeheim.

As of Wednesday, Battle had reportedly worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, and Orlando Magic.

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