Battle added offers from Wake Forest and Maryland this past week to the many he already has.
“He got the two offers recently from Maryland and Wake Forest,” Gary Battle, Tyus’ father, told SNY.tv.
Duke has also stepped up its involvement for the 6-foot-5 Gill St. Bernard’s guard, with assistant Jon Scheyer taking over his recruitment.
“Duke was in contact with us and now we’ve gotten in contact with them,” Gary said. “I know Coach K and [Jeff] Capel as well as Scheyer were at one of his games [in Sacramento with Team Scan], I think maybe his last game. They really like him and they want to stay involved with him.
“They want to get him on campus on the 28th [of June], so I’m considering going out on the 28th. They have some kind of alumni thing on campus.”
Gary added it’s “pretty likely” that they will visit Duke then.
“I know he will probably want to visit the school,” Gary said.
“He’s the kind of kid that they would recruit. He’s a great kid. He comes from a school like Gill, academically strong, and he’s a good basketball player. And he’s versatile. I know they like versatile guards, wings, he can play three positions. He’s the kind of kid they would recruit.”
Battle will also visit Michigan June 6.
“I’ve talked to coach [John] Beilein, he’s looking forward to seeing him,” Gary said. “He’s seen him play a couple times. They like his versatility and his ability to play multiple guard spots, handle the ball, defend it.”
Gary said Duke or Michigan “normally would not offer until June 15 because of the academic component where they want to have two years of grades.”
“I expect he’s going to have a lot of offers at this point, he’s got a ton,” Gary said. “But he’s just got to keep getting better at this point. He’s not really focused on that, he’s just focused on playing basketball.”
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