Talor Battle

Talor Battle (born September 16, 1988) is an American retired professional basketball player. In college, he played for Penn State Nittany Lions men's basketball team. He is from Albany, New York, and attended Bishop Maginn High School.

Talor Battle
Talor Battle - Orlandina Basket 2013.JPG
Personal information
Born (1988-09-16) September 16, 1988 (age 31)
Albany, New York
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight170 lb (77 kg)
Career information
High schoolBishop Maginn (Albany, New York)
CollegePenn State (2007–2011)
NBA draft2011 / Undrafted
Playing career2011–2018
PositionPoint guard
Career history
2011Cholet Basket
2011–2012Telekom Baskets Bonn
2012–2013Capo d'Orlando
2013–2015Belfius Mons-Hainaut
2015–2016Hapoel Tel Aviv
2017Atomerőmű SE
2017–2018Petrol Olimpija
Career highlights and awards

High school careerEdit

As a senior Battle averaged 28.7 points, 5.9 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 4.3 steals per game as he led Bishop Maginn to the Class AA state title game. He was rated a top 100 recruit in the ESPN 150, the No. 131 recruit in the nation by Rivals.com and No. 21 among point-guards by Scout.com. Battle ended his career as the fifth leading scorer all-time in New York Section II history with 2,161 points. He played AAU for the Albany City Rocks alongside current New York Knicks D league affiliate guard Jimmer Fredette and Mark Domaracki. He has a half brother named Taran Buie who attended Penn State as a freshman and another half brother Boo Buie who currently plays at Northwestern. Buie also attended Bishop Maginn.

College careerEdit

Battle attended Penn State. A first-team All-Big Ten and All-Region selection as a sophomore, Talor Battle established himself as one of the top scoring and playmaking threats in the Big Ten and was the undisputed on-court leader of the Nittany Lions. Coming off one of the best statistical seasons in Nittany Lion history in leading Penn State to a school-record 27 wins and the 2009 NIT title. On February 24, 2011, Battle became the first player in Big Ten Conference history to accumulate 2,000 career points, 500 career rebounds, and 500 career assists. On March 10, 2011, Battle became Penn State's all-time leading scorer, setting the record on a clinching 3-point shot in the quarterfinal of the Big Ten Tournament.

Freshman YearEdit

Battle started all but the Nittany Lions' first game at point-guard and led the team in assists (99), points (317) and minutes played (937) while ranking second in threes (48) and third in defensive rebounds (83) on the year...averaged 12.1 ppg in Big Ten conference games raising his scoring average by nearly six points per game from the non-conference season. He posted a career high point total four times in his first five Big Ten games and had 13 double-digit outings vs. conference opponents and 16 on the year. His 35 threes in the Big Ten play led the team.

Year Games Played Minutes/Game Points/Game Rebounds/Game Assists/Game Turnovers/Game Assist/Turnover Steals/Game Steals/Season
2007-08 31 30.2 10.2 3.5 3.2 2.3 1.41 1.3 40

Sophomore YearEdit

 
Battle in 2009

In his second season at Penn State Battle posted one of the most outstanding seasons in Penn State history setting a school record with 189 assists and racking up 635 points (fifth best ever) while leading the Nittany Lions to a school-record 27 wins and the programs first-ever national tournament title in the 2009 NIT. Battle was named to the NIT All-Tournament team. Battle earned first-team All-Big Ten, USBWA All-Region and NABC All-District honors while receiving honorable-mention All-America consideration from FOXsports.com and CollegeHoops.net. He led the Big Ten in scoring in the regular season (17.3 ppg) and Led the nation (1,422 minutes) and Big Ten (37.4 mpg) in playing time while making 37 starts and playing in all 38 games. He led Penn State in scoring (16.7), assists (5.0) and threes (92) and was second in steals (45). He Ranked in the top 15 of eight Big Ten statistical categories, including second in assists, third in made threes, and 12th in rebounding (5.3). He Led Big Ten with 14 20-point games

Year Games Played Minutes/Game Points/Game Rebounds/Game Assists/Game Turnovers/Game Assist/Turnover Steals/Game Steals/Season
2008-09 38 37.4 16.7 5.3 5.0 2.4 2.05 1.2 45

Junior YearEdit

In his Junior Year he was the only BCS conference player to lead his team in scoring (18.8 ppg), rebounding (5.4 rpg), assists (4.1 apg) and steals (1.1 spg). Battle earned post-season all-conference honors for the second-straight season by being named to the All-Big Ten second team.

Year Games Played Minutes/Game Points/Game Rebounds/Game Assists/Game Turnovers/Game Assist/Turnover Steals/Game Steals/Season
2009-10 31 37.0 18.5 5.3 4.2 2.3 1.79 1.1 34

Senior YearEdit

Talor averaged 20.2 points a game,4.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists while leading Penn State to a 16–14 record during the regular season and beating Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan State to get to the Big Ten tournament finals. Penn state would go on to lose to Ohio State. Ultimately Penn State received a bid to the NCAA Tournament, their first in 10 years. Penn State lost to Temple in a close affair 66–64. Talor Battle scored 23 points, received 2 rebounds and 3 assists in the loss. This marked the last game of Talor Battle's illustrious college career.

Professional careerEdit

In August 2011 he signed with the French team Cholet Basket.[1] Early in December 2011 Talor Battle left France and signed a contract with German team Telekom Baskets Bonn.[2] Battle played with the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2012 NBA Summer League.[3] In his fifth and final game he had 17 points and 7 assists on 6–9 from the field and 5–6 on three-pointers in 23 minutes.[4]

On August 4, 2012, Battle signed with Capo d'Orlando of Italy's Legadue Basket.[5]

On July 18, 2013, Battle signed with Belfius Mons-Hainaut.[6] After the regular season he won the Star of the Coaches award. In June 2015, he left Belfius Mons-Hainaut.[7]

On August 9, 2015, Battle signed with Hapoel Tel Aviv of the Israeli League.[8] On February 29, 2016, he parted ways with Hapoel after averaging 12.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game.[9]

On February 5, 2017, Battle signed with Hungarian club Atomerőmű SE for the rest of the 2016–17 Nemzeti Bajnokság I/A season.[10]

On July 14, 2017, he signed a one-year deal with Slovenian club Union Olimpija.[11] On February 21, 2018, Battle and Olimpija terminated contact, because he decided to finish basketball career due consistent problems with injuries.[12]

The Basketball Tournament (TBT) (2015–present)Edit

In the summers of 2015 and 2017, Battle played in The Basketball Tournament on ESPN for team Armored Athlete. He competed for the $2 million prize, and for team Armored Athlete in 2017, he averaged 9.8 points per game. Battle helped take team Armored Athlete in 2017 to the West Regional Championship, where they lost to Team Challenge ALS 75-63. In 2018, Talor participated in the TBT with team Scarlet and Gray, a team of mostly former Ohio State basketball players.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Cholet lands rookie Talor Battle
  2. ^ Telekom Baskets Bonn announce Talor Battle
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ "Capo d'Orlando tabs Talor Battle". Sportando.net. 2012. Retrieved August 5, 2012.
  6. ^ "Belfius Mons-Hainaut signs Talor Battle to a 1+1 deal". Sportando.net. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  7. ^ Battle, Smith and Skeen leave Belfius Mons-Hainaut
  8. ^ "Talor Battle Signs with Hapoel Tel Aviv". Sportando. 2015-09-09. Retrieved 2015-08-09.
  9. ^ Talor Battle, Hapoel Tel Aviv part ways
  10. ^ Irányítót cseréltünk (in Hungarian)
  11. ^ Talor Battle reinforced Union Olimpija.
  12. ^ Talor Battle retires at 29 due to injuries
  13. ^ "Bracket | The Basketball Tournament". www.thetournament.com. Retrieved 2018-02-22.

External linksEdit

  • Penn State Profile [3]
  • ESPN Player Profile [4]
  • Penn State News Story [5]
  • Sports Illustrated Article [6]