Richard Davenport covers recruiting for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is the host of Recruiting Thursday, a weekly radio show that airs from 7 to 8 p.m. on 92.1 FM in Fayetteville; 93.7 FM in Little Rock; 95.3 FM in Fort Smith; 96.3 FM in Hot Springs; 104.3 FM in Harrison/Mountain Home; and 106.9 FM in Arkadelphia.
The Recruiting Guy:
UNDER THE RADAR: Gravette’s Tristan Batie
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Gravette sophomore Tristan Batie goes up for a shot in play against the visiting Berryville Bobcats on Friday in Lion Field House.
On Wednesdays, we feature an in-state prospect who could be flying under the radar of college coaches. This week's UTR prospect is Gravette’s Tristan Batie.
Size: 6-7, 190 pounds
Academics: 3.7 GPA, 27 ACT
Stats: 16 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocked shots as a junior
Offers: Northeastern State
Interest: Oral Roberts, Holy Cross, Missouri-Kansas City, Arkansas-Fort Smith, Harding, Ouachita Baptist
Coach Matt Busch:
“Athletic guard. He can play inside or outside. He hit two buzzer beaters last season. Really good passer. Tristan’s biggest strength is he’s really, really good in the open court. When he gets downhill he’s really hard to stop because he’s so long. Being 6-7, he’s able to finish in different ways at the rim.
"I think another thing he gets underestimated is his ability to make good passes - make timely passes - because he’s so much taller than a lot of kids. He can really see the floor and deliver that pass on time.”
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