Evan Battey is an elite student-athlete from metropolitan Los Angeles. Evan is one of the most skilled post prospects in the country, currently ranked the #16 power forward and the #100 player overall in the class of 2017 per ESPN. The 6’8 forward was outstanding at the prestigious Adidas Summer Championship in Las Vegas, averaging 15.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game on an efficient 52.6% from the field for Dream Vision. Evan has become a favorite of college coaches in need of a highly versatile forward/center with the skillset to play on the perimeter with his ability to knock down perimeter jumpshots, while also having excellent footwork and touch around the basket as a traditional post player.
I. AAU & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: Congrats on the great Spring/Summer, you turned some heads with your ability. Can you tell us how things went for Dream Vision as a team and for you individually?
EB: Thank you. Our dream vision team had a lot of bonding to do. We lost players every tournament and gained players every tournament, but the core (Sebastian, Myles, Kaden, Cap, and myself) stayed for the whole ride. The addition of Pop (Christian Popoola) and Donnie (Tillman) took us to another level. Individually, it was a little hard at first with me and Sebastian both being power forwards to figure out our spots, but I began to just dominate the post and leave the perimeter stuff up to him and it clicked just fine. My main goal this spring/summer was to get double digit rebounds every game.
Evan Battey going to work #adidasUprising 17 points and 8 reb w 10 min left vs Team Loaded VA
— Brian (@mreverything211) July 23, 2016
Really productive session from Evan Battey. Wide bodied 4 man with great hands on the glass, productive with a quality step out jumper
— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) June 16, 2016
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar?
EB: Depending on what team I’m on determines how I play. If needed on the inside, I will go to the post to try to make an impact. If perimeter scoring is needed, then I’ll play on the outside (like at NBPA top 100 camp where i shot 42% from 3).
EM: How often do you work on your game?
EB: Depends on the time of year. Usually somewhere around every day and then when games and stuff start coming in, then its like 3 times a week.
First time seeing 6'7 PF Evan Battey of Dream Vision &lives up to hype.Moves so well at 275,great touch,and can really pass. #AdidasUprising
— Rodger Bohn (@rodgerbohn) July 8, 2016
II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
EB: US History is my favorite subject.
EM: What do you plan to major in when attending college?
EB: I also plan to major in US History for college. I want to be a history teacher or politician with that degree after basketball.
EM: What are your interests off the court?
EB: Favorite artist is Drake. I only really wear Adidas stuff (Been with Dream Vision since 13u). I play Nba 2k a lot and spend a lot of time hanging with family and friends.
6-7 2017 Evan Battey (Villa Park/CA) made most of his #NBPATop100 opportunity: Was #3 in ppg (12.9) and #5 in rpg (6.8)
— Dinos Trigonis (@trigonis30) June 19, 2016
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered?
EB: Cal State Fullerton, LMU, University of San Diego, James Madison, Fresno State, Nevada, San Jose State, Utah State, Montana State, Southern Utah, DePaul, New Mexico, Drexel, Purdue, UAB, Seton Hall, Boston College
EM: Which schools show interest that haven’t yet offered?
EB: Clemson, Miami, Kansas State, Colorado, Boise State
EM: Which schools would you say are recruiting you the hardest?
EB: Colorado, New Mexico, Boston College, Seton Hall, DePaul, Fresno State and Utah State
EM: Do you have a top group of schools that you’re focused on at this point?
EB: No not yet. I haven’t necessarily narrowed it down yet.
EM: Any visits or team camps lined up in the near future?
EB: I haven’t scheduled any visits yet because you can only take so many, so I have to narrow the list down first.
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
EB: Location isn’t important to me, so I’d go just about anywhere. But I just want to go to the right fit where I can make an impact on a team as a freshman.
EM: Do you have a timeline for your decision?
EB: Not necessarily, but sometime this Fall I believe!
— Brian (@mreverything211) June 16, 2016
IV. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?
EB: Just to continue to drop weight and get my conditioning up so i can be more explosive. Off the court to get a 4.0 this year in school.
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
EB: I would say just keep a positive character. As talented as you get, if people don’t like you as a person you are going to have a tough road.
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