University at Buffalo Men's Basketball

Battle Signs With UB Men's Hoops

Bulls Get First Early Signee

BUFFALO, NY - University at Buffalo head coach Reggie Witherspoon has announced the signing of Turner Battle (Kernersville, NC/East Forsyth) to the men's basketball program. Battle is an early signee and will attend UB next school year.

Battle is a 6-3, 175-pound point guard who led his team to a 15-8 record and a conference championship last season. He averaged 17 points, five rebounds and five assists per game last season as a junior and participated in the adidas ABCD Summer Camp this past summer. He also played for the Kappa Magic AAU team last summer and led the team to a seventh-place finish in the national tournament.

All-Star Sports Editor-in-Chief and college basketball recruiting expert Bob Gibbons had Battle rated as one of the top 100 prospects in the Class of 2001. "I think this is the steal of the millennium," said Gibbons. "Turner Battle could have played for an ACC school. He's a true point guard who is a tremendous floor leader and an outstanding student-athlete."

"The Mid-American Conference is a legitimate big-time college basketball conference," said East Forsyth High School head coach Roscoe Turner. "That conference gets two or three teams in the postseason ever year and UB plays teams like North Carolina and Indiana in their non-conference schedule."

"I think Turner brings a lot of things to our program," said UB head coach Reggie Witherspoon. "Before he brings us anything on the court, we know what his signing brings to our program off the court. He chose UB over a lot of other schools and I think shows the progress we've made in this program on a national level. In terms of his playing, he's a very serious and mature young man with tremendous talent who we're really excited to have running our program over the next four years."

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