PSU's Battle to enter NBA draft

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State point guard Talor Battle will enter his name in the NBA draft.

He will not hire an agent, meaning he could return for his senior season. Under a new NCAA rule, Battle will have until May 8 to decide whether to keep his name in the draft or return for his senior season.

"I'm looking forward to going and working out for some teams around the country and competing against the top players in the country and see where I stand," he said in a statement released today by the school. "I'll do that, get an evaluation of where I'm at and then go from there."

A two-time All-Big Ten selection, Battle ranks seventh all-time in scoring with 1,526 points. He needs 613 to break former All-American Jesse Arnelle's all-time scoring mark of 2,138.

Battle finished second in the Big Ten in scoring this past season, averaging 18.5 points. He needs just 25 rebounds to become the first player in Nittany Lions' history to register 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists during his career.

Battle's half-brother, Taran Buie, has signed a letter of intent to play for Penn State next season.


Ron Musselman: rmusselman@post-gazette.com .


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