Abandon Ship!! Talor Battle to enter the Draft. Sort of.
Keep your pants on, Talor isn’t going anywhere. Although he will enter his name into the 2010 NBA draft pool, he will not be hiring an agent. That almost guarantees that Battle will be back for his senior season and is just going to NBA workouts and to get a gauge on his stock and what he can improve on in his final year. As of right now 4 NBA teams have Battle anywhere from a late 2nd rounder to an undrafted free agent. Chances are Battle will be told to improve his speed and his shot consistency. If Battle can up his shot percentage a few clicks next year it could go a long way. Either way, Battle should learn a few tricks and put his name out there which will only help out the Nittany Lions.
“I’m just looking to see what’s happening for me out there,” Battle said by telephone today after a workout. “He wants to test the waters,” added Battle’s high school coach Rich Hurley. Battle will not retain an agent meaning he can opt out of the draft until May 8th. That is the deadline day when he must tell Penn State if he is returning to school or not. “He’s rated a late 2nd round pick to undrafted by 4 NBA teams,” Hurley said. “So he’s on the board.” “I’m excited,” said Battle. ” But at the same time, this is what I’ve worked for my whole life. Hopefully, I perform as well as I can, not be nervous and just be myself.
Talor isn’t NBA ready, and I don’t think that he thinks he is. Going to the workouts with the NBA scouts is just another step in the process. Maybe he’ll surprise us and finish his time here at Penn State early, but it would be a shock to see him leave, even more so after spending much of his postseason media face time telling us how he is going to help the team next year. I don’t think leaving would do that.