Ollie Meets With 2 NJ High School Players


Days after UConn landed a commitment from 6-10 Steve Enoch Kevin Ollie was back on the recruiting trail. On Tuesday, the coach of the defending national champion Huskies met with the two best high school prospects in the state of New Jersey: Tyus Battle and Isaiah Briscoe.

Battle is a 6-5 guard from Gill St. Bernard's who will graduate in 2016; Briscoe is a 6-3 guard from Roselle Catholic and will graduate this spring.

“Ollie is one of the best young basketball minds in the country,” Gary Battle, the player’s father, told SNY.com. “Coach is so smart and he has so much wisdom.”

The Huskies aren't alone in recruiting Battle; we're just two weeks into September and already this month he has hosted Louisville's Rick Pitino, Villanova’s Jay Wright, Rutgers’ Eddie Jordan, Michigan’s John Beilein, Ohio State’s Thad Matta and Florida’s Billy Donovan. By the end of the week, Virginia's Tony Bennett and Kentucky's John Calipari are expected to stop by.

Meanwhile, Briscoe's coach echoed Gary Battle's comments.

“We had a great meeting this evening with Kevin Ollie and Glen Miller,” coach Dave Boff told SNY.tv. “They did a great job of explaining how Isaiah’s style of play and his strengths would fit in well in the UConn system.”

Briscoe is expected to take an official visit to Storrs on Sept. 26.

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