COMING BACK — LiAngelo Ball (2), greets Jaylen Adams, center, Thomas Welsh (3) and Syracuse guard Tyus Battle (5) in a team huddle at the end of a pre-draft NBA workout at the Lakers’ facility in El Segundo, Calif., on Tuesday. Battle has decided to withdraw from the NBA draft and return to school for his junior year. (AP Photo)
Syracuse guard Battle withdraws name from NBA draft
SYRACUSE (AP) — Syracuse guard Tyus Battle has decided to withdraw from the NBA draft and return to school for his junior year.
Battle says in a statement on the university website that he feels it’s in his best interest “to focus on improving some fine points” in his game and work toward his degree.
Battle says he plans to re-enter the draft next year and calls his decision to return an easy one.
Battle had a standout sophomore season, leading Division I in average minutes played and the Orange in scoring at 19.2 points per game. That earned him a second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, and his 712 points were the most for a sophomore in school history.