After three seasons with the Syracuse Orange, star guard Tyus Battle declared for the 2019 NBA draft. Battle played 103 games for the Orange over 3 seasons. He started 94 games and finished with 1,674 points to end a fairly strong career. Battle tested the NBA draft last season, but returned to school after receiving feedback from NBA organizations. He graduated in three years, so he was ready to make the leap into the NBA draft.
Battle led the Cuse to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances of the last two seasons. Although he was mostly a volume scorer, Battle played quite a few minutes at point guard this season. He even started the NCAA Tournament game against the Baylor Bears at point guard. However, the Orange were ousted in the first round. It was the last time fans got the chance to see Battle in uniform.
A week later, Battle left a sentimental message to the fanbase and the school he called home for three years.
Tyus Battle Statement-
The past three years here at Syracuse University have been some of the best years of my life.
When I arrived here as a freshman, I didn’t know what to expect. I was a shy kid from New Jersey with aspirations of making an impact.
The Syracuse community welcomed me with open arms. They helped mold me into the young man I am today, and I thank them for that.
The fans who packed the Dome every night, win or lose — they stood outside in the cold in subfreezing weather after the game — regardless of the game’s outcome. You always showed us so much love.
To the teachers and faculty who challenged me and helped prepare me for life outside of the game: They are my heroes.
To my teammates who have grown into my brothers: They will always hold a special place in my heart.
I have made the decision to embark on the next chapter of my life to pursue a professional basketball career. I am confident that I am ready because of you.
Battle finished his career with an 18.1 scoring average. He produced a career high 19.7 points per game during the 2017-18 season. Battle started all 37 games and led the Orange to the Sweet 16. However, they won three games due to earning a spot in the First Four.
The Orange were supposed to be a good team this season. Unfortunately, they never panned out from the beginning. They entered the season with the No. 16 ranking in the AP Top 25 poll. They moved up one spot. However, the Orange were No. 25 on December 10. They never returned to the top 25 for the remaining 14 weeks of the regular season. Clearly, it was a disappointing season. However, it was evident early-on the Orange weren’t good.
They finished with a (20-14) record. Battle’s highlight moment came against the Duke Blue Devils. He scored a season-high 32 points in a victory over the No. 1 team in the country. Overall, the Orange finished (62-43) during Battle’s three seasons. They were (19-15) in 2016-17 and (23-14) in 2017-18.