Michigan lands 2016 five-star talent Tyus Battle

Tyus Battle is a powerful guard who can handle the ball and has a great shooting stroke. (Under Armour)

Michigan basketball got a big dose of good news for its future on Monday afternoon. Tyus Battle (Gladstone, N.J.) is one of the best prospects in the class of 2016 -- ranked 12th overall -- and he just verbally committed to John Beilein's program.

Emojis are becoming practically mandatory when pledging to schools on Twitter these days. (I still have no idea what that droopy "m" emoji is, either, but at least here it signifies something obvious.)

"He loved Michigan and schools like Duke and Syracuse and Connecticut from the start," Battle's father told Scout.com. "When he went to the official visit to Michigan, it just confirmed it for him. I could tell when he was there, because he had a big smile on his face the whole time."

In addition to the other schools quoted above, Louisville, Notre Dame, Kentucky and Ohio State were also chasing Battle's skills.  The family said he cared about the best balance of athletics and academics.

The commitment comes less than 48 hours after Battle left Michigan's campus; he took an official visit over the weekend. Battle is a player who's built himself into a strong guard, one with length and an ability to shoot consistently. "On-ball guard" best decscribes him. Not a point guard, but capable of running an offense. He's 6-foot-5 and will be joining Michigan in the fall of 2016.

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