Turner Battle

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Turner Battle
UAB Blazers
Position Assistant coach
League Conference USA
Personal information
Born (1983-01-11) January 11, 1983 (age 36)
Kernersville, North Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Career information
High school East Forsyth
(Kernersville, North Carolina)
College Buffalo (2001–2005)
NBA draft 2005 / Undrafted
Playing career 2005–2006
Coaching career 2007–present
Career history
As player:
2005 BC Kalev/Cramo
2005 Étendard de Brest
2006 Fort Worth Flyers
2006 Buffalo Rapids
As coach:
2007–2013 Buffalo (assistant)
2013–2014 Chattanooga (assistant)
2014–present UAB (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

Turner Battle (born January 11, 1983) is an American former basketball point guard for the University at Buffalo Bulls men's basketball team from 2001 to 2005. Battle is credited with fueling the resurgence of the Bulls men's basketball program,[citation needed] which went from 5-23 during his sophomore season to a 23-win senior campaign. Battle is now currently an assistant coach for the University of Alabama-Birmingham men's basketball team

High school

The Bulls announced the signing of Battle on November 10, 2000 out of East Forsyth High School in North Carolina. There, he led the Fighting Eagles to a 15-8 record and a conference championship as a senior, while averaging 17 points, five rebounds and five assists per game.

Following his senior season, "All-Star Sports" Editor-in-Chief and college basketball recruiting expert Bob Gibbons had Battle rated as one of the top 100 prospects in the Class of 2001. "I think this is the steal of the millennium," said Gibbons. "Turner Battle could have played for an ACC school. He's a true point guard who is a tremendous floor leader and an outstanding student-athlete."[1]

College

Following a senior season in which Battle averaged 15.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game, Battle led the Bulls to within a last second tip-in of the school's first MAC Championship and an automatic bid in the NIT. After the season, Battle was honored as the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year, the first such award for a Buffalo player. Battle was also named to the All-MAC First Team for the first time in his career (he was named All-MAC Honorable Mention following his sophomore season). In addition, Battle was named to the Academic All-MAC squad after his final three seasons with the Bulls.

Professional

Following his collegiate career, Battle signed with BC Kalev/Cramo, a first division team in Estonia before briefly playing for a first division team in France. Battle then signed with the Fort Worth Flyers of the NBADL. On February 1, 2006, Battle returned to Buffalo to play with the Buffalo Rapids of the American Basketball Association.

Coaching

Battle was an assistant coach at Sweet Home High School in the Buffalo suburb of Amherst for the 2006-07 season and on July 5, 2007, he was named assistant coach at his alma mater.

Battle was named assistant coach at Chattanooga on May 23, 2013 under new head coach Will Wade.[2]

Battle was hired by UAB on September 23, 2014 as an assistant coach under Jerod Haase.[3]

References

  1. ^ http://www.ubathletics.buffalo.edu/mensbasketball/news/mbb11-10-2000-battle.shtml
  2. ^ http://www.gomocs.com/news/2013/5/23/207797760.aspx
  3. ^ http://www.uabsports.com/news/2014/9/23/Turner_Battle_Officially_Joins_UAB_Men_s_Basketball_Staff.aspx?path=mbball

External links

  • Buffalo coaching bio
  • NBDL statistics
  • Turner Battle's stats @ ESPN.com
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