Talor Battle Talks About His Draft Decision
There’s an interesting piece on SI.com today by Luke Winn, a college basketball writer for Sports Illustrated. Winn profiles six underclassmen—including Penn State star Talor Battle—who submitted their names for this year’s NBA draft. Two of them will be in the pool for next month’s draft, while the other four—including Battle—withdrew their names to come back for another year of college ball. Each player had about a month in which to work out for NBA scouts and get a sense of their strengths, weaknesses, and draft prospects, a window that was compromised by an NCAA rule change that limited the amount of time players had to test the waters. The rule change figures to help college coaches solidify their lineups going into next season, but it made things hard for players like Battle, who had less time and information to make the decision.
The piece features some candid quotes from Battle about the frustrations of the process, and about the shortcomings that meant he was unlikely to be drafted this year; NBA scouts told Battle he “needed to get bigger, work on my ball handling and that it was in my best interests to go back to school.” I imagine he’ll spend the summer taking that advice.
Ryan Jones, senior editor