Battle committed to Ben. He didn’t come back before he knew about the coaching change. Whether he was coming no matter who the coach was is another matter that isn’t known.BATTLE: Okay, I am a kid who just graduated college after multiple schools during a pandemic. I went back home not knowing at the time how the pandemic would play out. It was an opportunity to play against better competition, move back home, and be a part of my home state University. Little did I know I would experience a coaching change, lots of injured teammates, and ultimately, low performing expectations.
Ultimately, I earned my degree and the option to either transfer to another school without sitting out or to play professionally overseas. Both are still realistic options.
I told my coach I was done at the U and likely going pro which is why I walked on graduation day. However, I am exploring my options. I can play college ball and be paid or go overseas and be paid, just weighing my options. At the U, no one paid me. We do not have the support from alumni to pay for such things. I was here two years and saw virtually nothing despite being a top player. You can blame CBJ for the issues, but it's systemic. This University will never succeed in College BBALL without a serious investment.