Wednesday, June 2, 2010
GU Recruit: Stephen Battle F 6-6 195 fr.
This hasn't been officially announced yet, but the PSAC web site says Stephen Battle has signed a letter of intent to play for Gannon next season. Looks like Coach Reilly has used his D.C./Maryland connections to land the standout from Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf, MD. Battle averaged 17.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3 blocks per game, helping Stone roll to their third consecutive regional championship and Maryland state tournament berth. Mainly an inside and mid-range player, Battle hit on 72% of his free throws and made 9 3-pointers on the season. He scored double digits in all but one game and achieved double-doubles in 17 contests.
Here's how the website www.I95ballerz.com describes him: "Battle is one of the better players in Maryland, one that is getting major looks from Quinnipiac, Delaware State, St. Francis (PA), Central Connecticut and Cleveland State; many feel that even with that list he’s under-recruited. That sentiment must be respected, as Stephen can shoot, rebound, defend, pass and attack the rim -– he’s a do everything type guy. Battle, a three year starter, is taking the ACT in October, an event that may start a deluge of offers. Expect Stephen to commit around the late signing period."
These links will lead you to a slew of information on Battle:
* This link details game-by-game stats from his senior year. Looks like he dominated Westlake High, posting 18 points and 21 rebounds in their first meeting and a Glen Summors-like 26 points and 27 rebounds in the rematch.
* Battle was selected to play in the Capital Classic high school All-Star game at American University. Complete story here.
* This Washington Post video calls him "one of the area's best dunkers." Hard to disagree after watching these highlights ...
* ... or these highlights from a dunk contest video his junior season.
* Geez, this kid is a freaking dunking machine.
UPDATE: I just came across this tremendous feature article on Battle. It gives excellent insight into his incredible work ethic and defense-first approach to the game. On the surface, he seems to be the exact kind of kid -- both in attitude and athletically -- who will fit Reilly's system.
Thanks for JRD for the heads up on Battle's signing and to Jim LeCorchick at JRL Sports for many of the links above.