A busy week of roster reshuffling continued on Friday.
Not even twenty-four hours after learning that junior point guard Aakim Saintil was transferring from LIU Brooklyn, LIU head coach Jack Perri and staff quickly found his replacement on the roster with the verbal commitment of 5’11”/6’0” point guard Julian Batts from St. Thomas More Prep School in Connecticut.
Batts announced his commitment on Twitter with the following tweet: (click on the note on the left to read his announcement.)
Batts just completed a prep season at St. Thomas More after playing his high school ball at Jeannette Senior High School in Jeannette, PA, about 35 minutes outside of Pittsburgh.
The move to St. Thomas More this past season paid off. St. Thomas More finished their season going 31-7, winning a New England Preparotary School Athetic Council championship before losing in the finals of the National Prep School Championships to Hargrave Military Academy. Betts hit the game-winning shot in the National Prep School Championships semifinals to help STM adavance to the final.
Batts had offers from Maine, NJIT, Sacred Heart and more recently had gotten an offer from Central Connecticut and their new head coach Donyell Marshall before committing to LIU. According to Ryan Peters of Big Apple Buckets, the Sacred Heart coaching staff were working hard on getting Batts after Cane Broome transferred.
Although I couldn’t find his final season averages for this past season, he was averaging 9.5 points, 7.5 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals towards the end of January.
Here is a brief scouting report from Mike Yagmin of newenglandrecruitingreport.com (NERR) back on March 12th.
Batts combines a calm demeanor, phenomenal basketball IQ, crafty ball skills, and a smooth jumper with football toughness and sneaky speed to form one of the better all-around point guard packages that is currently still on the market. His game-winning fadeaway against Putnam Science gave St Thomas More a berth in the title game but also showed how large of a role he was given in the STM offense, while being surrounded by teammates with much higher recruiting profiles.
The 6’0” floor general is one of those rare players who you don’t have to worry about and who will immediately embody the positive qualities a coach wants to instill in his program. A number of D1 coaches at Albertus Magnus witnessed just that, after Batts came back from a dislocated finger early against PSA only to break his their hearts late with the game-winner.
Wherever he lands, expect Julian Batts to remain a leader and find ways to win.
Here are a couple of his most recent highlight videos, both from after his senior year at Jeannette High School.
LIU could afford to bring Batts along slowly as a freshman at the point guard spot with junior Martin Hermannsson and senior Iverson Fleming returning next season before probably taking over as the primary point guard in 2017-18.
With Batts commitment, LIU Brooklyn now has twelve players under scholarship and have one open scholarship remaining for next season.