CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern men's basketball signed combo guard Malik Battle to a National Letter of Intent on Friday. Battle, an Atlanta, Ga. native, will enroll at CSU and join the Bucs for the 2019-20 season.
Battle is 6-3 guard that joins the Bucs by way of Alexander High School where he lined up under Coach Jason Slate. Known for his shooting prowess, Battle averaged 20 points, five assists, three rebounds, and two steals per game over his senior year in racking up numerous accolades.
He was the Georgia 6A Senior of the Year and also earned County and Area Player of the Year honors. He posted over 500 points in a single season and finished up his high school playing career with 1,300 career points.
Additionally, he earned First Team All-Region and All-State honors in his senior year. Battle joins former Smyrna Stars teammate Terence Porter, Jr. in the incoming 2019-20 CSU men's basketball class.
Head Coach Barclay Radebaugh looks forward to putting the two former teammates on the court together in the CSU Blue and Gold, as well as see how they will incorporate themselves into an already strong team coming off a semifinal appearance in the Big South Championships and a berth in the 2019 CIT Second Round.
"We are excited to add Malik to our basketball family," Radebaugh said. "When a scholarship became available this spring, Malik quickly rose to the top of our priority list. Malik's positive attitude, skill, basketball IQ, and tremendous desire to improve and grow will allow Malik to fit in very well with our current team."
Point Guard/Shooting Guard – 6-3, 180 – Atlanta, Ga. – Alexander High School
Coach Barclay Radebaugh – "Malik checked off every box and was extremely well-coached at Alexander High School. Coach Slate does a tremendous job with his teams. Malik will be a big asset to our basketball program and to the CSU community. We are excited to welcome him."
Alexander High School Head Coach Jason Slate – "The fans will get excited about Malik. They're going to get a player that can score the ball, plays hard every night, and looks to make himself better."
Battle is the son of Caperria Battle and plans on majoring in Communications/Business at Charleston Southern. His brother lined up on the Methodist University men's basketball team.