|Junior||Syracuse||6’6″ 205||Shooting Guard||21 Yrs. Old|
|17.2 ppg||3.3 rpg||2.5 apg||FG: 43.1%||3PT: 32.1%|
Strengths: Scorer’s mentality, End to end speed, Athletic ability/Agility
Weaknesses: Shooting efficiency, Rebounding, Shot Selection
Battle has put up numbers in his three seasons at Syracuse, mainly by using his speed and athleticism to get to the basket and the free throw line. He has the ability to shoot the basketball, just not at the most efficient level, but when he has it going Battle had some big games. While not the best shooter his numbers aren’t terrible on outside shots, however he regressed each season percentage wise, without increased usage. His measurements and athletic abilities will have NBA teams thinking he can be a good perimeter defender, although that usually takes time with young players. Battle possesses the ability to get his shot off in multiple different ways, and he has the size and athleticism to be able to do that at the pro level. He will need to become a more efficient shooter, and look to make more plays setting up his teammates. For a player who can lead a fast break and slash to the basket in the way the Battle can, he has opportunities to set up teammates by finding the open man, especially with the increased spacing in the league. One positive to Battle’s game is his willingness and ability to hit clutch shots. Here are two examples of this:
The junior projects as a second round pick at this point, we have him going #59 in our mock draft. His combine measurements and performance last season was very solid, with Battle finishing in the top five in multiple drills at his position. His speed is something that in theory will immediately be NBA ready, but his shooting will need to improve. As with any player that is not a projected top pick, he may need to find a role that fits his skill set best and excel within that role to compete for minutes. The league is always interested in scorers and athletes, with the belief that you can groom a player to become a better shooter if you have the other tools in place, and Battle would fall into this category. If you are not a first round pick, the draft gets tricky after that with no guaranteed roster spot so teams will take chances on players or select for a teams specific needs. If a team has serious interest in Battle, he could go early in the second round, but he could also go later in the second round or possibly undrafted. We will have a better idea of what teams are interested in the Syracuse shooting guard once the pre-draft workouts take place, which gives you a better idea of where he could be selected in the second round.