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October 2014

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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  BASKETBALL RECRUITING in their offense." Krizancic's already seen him four times in two years, he added, not‑ ing Teske's potential is "through the roof." "I think the young man is still growing, but he's still very coordi‑ nated," Krizancic said. "Some people closer to him say he's close to seven feet tall. Last year, he was listed at 6‑10. He's a tough kid, even though he didn't have a lot of weight the last two years. I'm sure he'll probably try putting more weight on. You can see that potentially he's going to be a big‑time player. "His style is a little bit like [for‑ mer UCLA and NBA standout] Bill Walton. He's big, and he's very solid fundamentally. He does a lot of the little things well. He doesn't score like Walton, but I think he's got that kind of potential. "He's a very smart young man, a very fundamentally sound young man. Once he puts some weight on, with the way that he moves he's got a lot of upside." The high end could even be two or three years and then off to the NBA, Krizancic said. "I think that if he continues to improve with his mobility and his quickness, with his size, he could be a very special player," he said. TYUS BATTLE RECLAIMS ELITE STATUS Michigan target and Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard shooting guard Tyus Battle (6‑5,'s No. 16 junior nationally) took some time to adjust to being the new, young guy on a Team SCAN AAU squad featuring talent like New York power forward Cheick Diallo ('s No. 5 senior nation‑ ally). He struggled with his jump shot in the spring and fell from five‑ star to four‑star status and No. 25 nationally as a result. When July hit, though, he was back in form. Battle played through a toe injury to make the U.S. Under‑17 Na‑ tional Team, and then averaged 3.7 points and 1.4 rebounds to help the squad win the world championship in Dubai. Battle averaged 10.7 points while shooting 38.2 percent from the field and 36.6 percent on three‑pointers in 23 games with Team Scan in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL). He played some of his best basket‑ ball in leading Team Scan to the semi‑ finals at Peach Jam, scoring 18 points and four three‑pointers against the Playaz Basketball Club in the semis, and 21 points and five three‑pointers against the Houston Hoops in the quarterfinals. He knocked down his jump shot with regularity in front of Michigan head coach John Beilein and others, and he earned a Duke offer in part because of his summer play. "He tends to play better in the fall and summer," his father, Gary Battle, said. "He does so much on his high school team that it can wear him out, but he shot 47 or 48 percent from three‑point range in EYBL play, and that's thought to be his weakness."

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