Syracuse’s Tyus Battle To Enter 2019 NBA Draft

Following his junior season, Syracuse swingman Tyus Battle intends to enter the 2019 NBA draft and go pro, a source tells Adam Zagoria of News of Battle’s decision comes shortly after the Orange were eliminated from the NCAA tournament following a Thursday loss to Baylor.

In 32 games for Syracuse in 2018/19, Battle averaged 17.2 PPG, 3.3 RPG, and 2.5 APG with a .431/.321/.763 shooting line. He tested the draft waters a year ago, but ultimately decided to withdraw and return to college for another year.

At the time he pulled out of 2018’s draft, Battle was ranked 40th overall on Jonathan Givony’s big board at Over the last year, he has slipped to No. 63 on that list, so he’s not a lock to be drafted. While he’s a candidate to come off the board in the second round, Zagoria has heard from a couple NBA sources that Battle may be a candidate for a two-way contract next season (Twitter link).

The Clippers, Nets, Magic, Lakers, and Knicks were reportedly among the teams that worked out Battle when he went through the pre-draft process in 2018.

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4 thoughts on “Syracuse’s Tyus Battle To Enter 2019 NBA Draft

  1. Another case of a kid deciding to hang around another year in college & his stock dropping, seems to be the case, this guys should go with their gut feeling & just go for it first time round, second times don’t seem so good.

    • kenneth cole

      Wait, you’re telling me a combo guard who can barely shoot and doesn’t have good acceleration to the rim isn’t a lock to make a team?

      I gotta stop watching games blindfolded then!

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