INDIANAPOLIS - The News-Sentinel sports staff spent the past week covering the happenings of the annual adidas Invitational, which features many of the top prep basketball players in the country.
We will be compiling profiles of a number of athletes. Here is another in the series:
Essentials: Senior, 6-foot-9, 210 pounds, center
School: Homestead High School
Scholarship offers: Colgate
Schools showing interest: IPFW, Navy, Cornell, Brown, Dartmouth, Western Illinois, Holy Cross
Justin's take: Batt displayed a bigger frame and improved quickness at the adidas Invitational with Grassroots Indiana 2015. He was tested against arguably the best player at the event in The Ville's Raymond Spalding and held his own, particularly inside.
Batt benefits from being able to compete with top 20 Class of 2015 player Caleb Swanigan every day in practice at Homestead, and it shows from his development. Batt has really grown into a role in the paint and is not one to shy away from contact or competition in the frontcourt. While some players his size want to gravitate towards the outside, Batt has no problem parking himself where he belongs close to the basket.
Batt's touch around the basket has vastly improved and his ability to gain position on opponents for rebounds has become a solid part of his game. Batt was able to get position on Spalding several times in their matchup, but Spalding's length and quickness won the battle the majority of the time when it came to getting the rebound.
Batt must continue to put on pounds and grow more physical to expand his offer list. He hopes to add an additional 10-15 pounds before his senior season at Homestead begins.
Batt on working to put on weight: I have been lifting a lot. I had weights class at school and I've also been working out at Spiece Fieldhouse with Spiece Sports Performance. I feel like that's really been helping my game, getting a little bigger, a little more explosive and getting quicker at the same time.
Batt on going against Caleb Swanigan on a daily basis: Going against Caleb is a huge advantage for me. Knowing each day when I go to practice that I am competing against him and getting better. It gives me a ton of confidence knowing that I can go against almost any other player in the country and know that I have seen that before and I have gone against someone just as good as that. So it allows to play without any fear and go out, do what I can and play my game.
Batt on his interest from IPFW: I have been interacting with (IPFW assistant coach Ryan Sims). I qas able to sit down and have a phone conversation with (IPFW head coach Jon Coffman) and I told him I am very interested in them and very willing to hear what they have to say. I'd love to get on campus and see what they are all about. I've been out there and played open gym with some of their guys one night back in June and that was fun. So, hopefully I can just continue that relationship and see where it goes.