Syracuse guard Tyus Battle was integral to the Orange making an improbable run at the 2018 NCAA Tournament as the team’s leading scorer. However, he declared for the 2018 NBA Draft on Friday, according to Donna Ditota of Syracuse.com.
Battle won’t hire an agent, meaning he can return to Syracuse depending on the feedback he receives from NBA scouts and front offices.
He averaged 19.2 points per game in 2017-18 and 15.5 points per game during his two-year career with the Orange. During Syracuse’s four NCAA Tournament wins, he never came off the floor once and averaged 14.5 points per game.
The Orange would go on to make the Sweet 16 as a No. 11-seed, losing to Duke in the regional semifinals by a final score of 69-65. Battle scored 19 points and dished out 5 assists in that contest.
Battle is projected to be a first-round pick in the latest ESPN NBA mock draft by Givony. At 6-foot-6 and 205 pounds, he’s got solid size and shows mid-range scoring touch. With a more consistent long-range jumper, he could be a serious scoring threat at the next level.