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Five-star 2016 guard commits to Syracuse


(USA Basketball)

Tyus Battle’s recruitment has come to a close for the second time.

Two months after committing to Michigan and four weeks after reopening his recruitment, Battle announced that he will be playing his college ball for Syracuse, the school that was long considered the leader to land his services.

“Excited to say I have officially committed to Syracuse University!” Battle tweeted.

Battle is the No. 21 player in the Class of 2016, according to Rivals. He’s a strong combo-guard with deep range on his jumper. At 6-foot-6, he’ll be a nice addition at the top of the Syracuse zone. He’s the second commitment for the Orange in the Class of 2016, joining four-star small forward Matthew Moyer, and the third if you count Providence transfer Paschal Chukwu, a 7-foot-2 center that will become eligible in 2016-17.

But that’s also a problem for the Orange, as they are now committed to giving out 11 scholarships in 2016-17, which is a problem considering that the sanctions handed down by the NCAA earlier this year limited them to just 10 scholarships. That means that barring a surprising NBA Draft early entrant, one player currently on the roster will be asked to leave after the 2015-16 season.

The easy answer? A grad transfer for DaJuan Coleman, a former elite recruit that has seen his career derailed by injuries. He redshirted the 2014-15 season.