Author: Rob Dauster

(USA Basketball)

Five-star 2016 guard commits to Syracuse


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.

Top 10 recruit Miles Bridges cuts his list to five schools

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Fresh off of a dominating performance at Nike’s Peach Jam, the final weekend of the EYBL circuit, Miles Bridges has officially cut his list to five schools: Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Kentucky and North Carolina.

Bridges is currently ranked 24th in Rivals top 150, but that’s a ranking that will surely receive a significant bump when they get updated. A powerful, 6-foot-7 combo-forward, Bridges is strong enough to take smaller defenders into the paint and skilled enough to be a nightmare for slower big men.

A skilled passer with a knack for making plays for his teammates, Bridges averaged 22.8 points and 10 boards during the Peach Jam. It’s easy to see why he draws comparisons to another Michigan-native — Draymond Green.

Bridges had cut his list to five during the spring, the only difference with this list being that it had Iowa State on it as opposed to Indiana.

Kansas/USA take home gold in the World University Games

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For the first time in a decade, the World University Games gold medal is headed back to the United States.

Kansas, who is representing the USA in Gwangju, South Korea, needed two overtimes to get it done in the final, but they eventually knocked off Germany 84-77 to win the tournament.

The Jayhawks looked exhausted in the final, playing their eighth game in the last 11 days. Wayne Selden led the way with 20 points in the win, hitting a critical, go-ahead three with about a minute left in the second overtime, but he shot 6-for-28 on the afternoon. Perry Ellis added 19 points and 10 boards as well, but he struggled shooting the ball from the field as well. Frank Mason had 16 points and scored on a driving layup at the end of the first overtime to tie the game at 73. He also hit a pair of free throws at the end of regulation to tie the game at 66.

Germany was led by a pair of Ivy Leaguers. Maodo Lo, who plays for Columbia, finished with 16 points while Princeton’s Hans Braase had just six points and six boards.