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New Jersey freshman Tyus Battle offered by Villanova

It seems that Gill St. Bernards freshman Tyus Battle is shaping up to become one of the top recruits in his class, and college coaches are beginning to line up to woo him.

Tyus Battle (right) posing with Kyrie Irving
Tyus Battle (right) posing with Kyrie Irving

According to, Gill St. Bernard's freshman Tyus Battle is gaining serious traction in recruiting circles. Despite being just a freshman, he reportedly picked up scholarship offers from Indiana, UConn and Villanova recently. He is a 6-5 combo guard who averages 12.9 points and 4.4 rebounds for GSB.

ZagsBlog's Alex Schiffer said the following about him:

Battle is the son of Gary Battle, a former All-American at New Haven and a 1,000 point scorer at Colonia High School back in the late '80s. Battle is known for his nickname, "The Kid Mamba," and has already drawn comparisons to Charlotte Bobcats rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, a fellow New Jersey native.

He reportedly has a good handle and works hard on defense, but needs to improve his shooting range and add some bulk to his young frame. The second will likely come with time, but both can be aided by some hard work in the gym and weight room.

Battle visited Indiana over the weekend and caught their game against the top-ranked Michigan squad.

In addition to the three schools named, he also reports offers from Cincinnati, Miami, URI, Rutgers, Seton Hall, SMU and Syracuse.