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Reports: Syracuse's Tyus Battle To Enter NBA Draft

Tyus Battle and RJ Barrett fight for the ball.

DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA - JANUARY 14: RJ Barrett #5 of the Duke Blue Devils battles Tyus Battle #25 of the Syracuse Orange for a loose ball during the first half of their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on January 14, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Tyus Battle took a shot at the NBA Draft after his sophomore season in 2018. Ultimately, he elected to come back to Syracuse and lead an Orange team with high expectations.

Syracuse wound up having an extremely rocky season. On Thursday night, as the No. 8 seed in the West Region, Battle and company fell to No. 9 seed Baylor, 78-69.

Battle scored 16 points in the loss, and added three rebounds and a pair of assists. Typically more of a shooting guard, he was forced to play the point, due to the suspension of senior Frank Howard.

Today, as most assume would happen, it appears that Battle is set to take the next step. Per multiple reports, he will enter the NBA Draft.

Adam Zagoria was the first to report Tyus Battle's NBA Decision.

ZagsBlog said as earlier this afternoon.

Tyus Battle will leave Syracuse after his junior season and enter the NBA Draft, a source said Friday.

The 6-foot-6 Edison, N.J., native is graduating in three years. He averaged 17.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists for Syracuse, which lost to Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday. In the 78-69 loss to Baylor, he had 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.

Battle scored 1,647 career points at Syracuse.

Syracuse.com's Mike Waters has confirmed the report.

After last season, Battle was projected as a second-round pick, with an outside chance of being a late first rounder. While he rounded out his all-around game a bit this year, and was slightly more efficient, but did not take the big step forward from a strong sophomore year, in which he averaged over 19 points per game, that some expected with his return.

Throw in the fact that he is set to graduate with a degree in information management and technology in just three years, and the decision makes plenty of sense for him.

[ZagsBlog]