Syracuse, N.Y. — Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim called today to offer 6-foot-4 combo guard Khalif Battle a basketball scholarship, Gary Battle confirmed. Pat Lawless first reported the offer on Twitter.
Khalif Battle is the younger brother of SU guard Tyus Battle. Khalif is in the basketball Class of 2019 and plays for Team Final’s 16U team.
“He’s had a phenomenal summer,” said Gary Battle, the boys’ dad. “He’s really played well.”
Washington coach Mike Hopkins, the former SU assistant, has also offered Khalif Battle. Gary Battle described Khalif as a “certified bucket-getter.” “He jumps out of the gym,” Gary Battle said, “and he shoots the crap out of the ball.”
Khalif is going into his junior year of high school. He attended Trenton Catholic last year but Gary Battle said he’s unsure where Khalif will attend high school this fall.
Gary Battle said he’d been talking with Syracuse coaches and understood they were going to make an offer to Khalif.
“He likes it up there,” Gary Battle said. “He goes up there and stays with his brother. He knows Gerry (McNamara), he knows Red (Autry), he knows Coach (Boeheim).”
Gary Battle said his son has no timetable for deciding on a college. Syracuse, obviously, has a certain appeal for Khalif, but other programs have come calling and will continue to show interest.
By Donna Ditota Syracuse.com