After spending last season in Russia, former Syracuse goalkeeper Tyus Battle has a new professional home. Battle signed with Dinamo Sassari for the 2020-21 season, a professional team in Italy that is part of the LBA and the Champions League. Sassari is the current European Cup champion.
Battle announced the move on his Instagram pages. Dinamo play in Serie A, which is the highest level of professional basketball in Italy. Dinamo won the Italian League in the 2014-15 season and lost the league in the 2018-19 campaign.
Tyus Battle was one of Syracuse’s best basketball players for the past decade. The 6-6 goaltender averaged 16 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals per game during his career with the Orange. He helped Syracuse compete in two NCAA tournaments, including a Sweet-16 race in the 2017-18 season. That year, he averaged over 19 points per game.
AllSyracuse.com caught up with Battle in May, and he told two great stories about Jim Boeheim from his career in Syracuse.
“I remember two things,” Battle said. “The game against Duke (2019 at Duke, Syracuse won 95-91 in overtime. The battle led Syracuse with 32 points). At Duke, my junior year. Before the game, ESPN had us as an underdog by 18 points or so. something like that. We go into the locker room before the game and the coach puts on the board -18. And he said, “ESPN has us like an 18-point underdog at Duke today. I’ve never been an 18-point underdog in my whole life. “Telling him that with the way people saw us at the time, and we thought we were a really good team, I think that motivated us. We went there and won. coach shows emotion, but with that, it really got our team ignited.
“The second thing was while I was in Syracuse, the coach really didn’t take me too much. But against Georgetown in Syracuse, I was playing terribly in the first half. I think maybe I had four points in the first half. He took me out during a timeout or something, and he looked at me and said, “You are trying to score at the highest level and you can’t. not even score against Georgetown? It was the first time he really attacked me, yelled at me, and it got me going. I think I finished the game with 26 points. Coach Boeheim knows how to get the best out of his players and that’s what makes him the coach he is