Former Syracuse University starters Tyus Battle and Oshae Brissett reached agreements with NBA teams Friday after neither player was selected in Thursday’s NBA draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Battle agreed to sign an Exhibit 10 contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, while Brissett has reportedly committed to play for the Los Angeles Clippers in the upcoming NBA Summer League.
The Orange did not have a player chosen in the draft for the second straight year, marking the first such stretch since 1998-99.
Tyler Lydon was the last SU player drafted when he was selected by the Utah Jazz with the No. 24 overall pick in 2017.
Former SU commit Darius Bazley, who opted out of a verbal agreement to play for SU last season to instead work as an intern for the sneaker company New Balance, was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder with No. 23 pick on Thursday night.
Battle — a 6-foot-6 and 205-pound shooting guard prospect from Edison, N.J. — led the Orange in scoring for each of the last two seasons and finished his three-year career with 1,647 points to rank 16th in SU history.
Battle, who withdrew his name from the 2018 NBA draft to return to SU for his junior campaign, tied for fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference with an average of 17.2 points per game last season. He added averages of 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.
Brissett — a 6-foot-8 and 210-pound forward prospect from Mississauga, Ontario — ranked third on SU in scoring with 12.4 points per game to go with averages of 7.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game as a sophomore last year.
Brissett posted averages of 14.9 points and 8.8 rebounds as a freshman in 2017-18 for the Orange, and his draft stock seemed to be on the rise after he was invited to participate in the G-League Elite Camp and the NBA Draft Combine earlier this spring.
Both players will likely be competing for a spot on an NBA G-League roster for the 2019-20 season.
Prior to Thursday, Paul Harris was the last SU player in 2009 to leave school early and not get chosen in the NBA draft.