Bat­tle not fi­nal­ist for UB job

Was point guard at UB from ’02-05

The Buffalo News - - SPORTS - By Rachel Lenzi NEWS SPORTS RE­PORTER

Turner Bat­tle, a for­mer player for the Univer­sity at Buf­falo men’s bas­ket­ball team, is not a fi­nal­ist for the men’s bas­ket­ball coaching po­si­tion at UB.

The News learned through a source on Thurs­day that Bat­tle was no­ti­fied by UB’s search com­mit­tee that he did not re­ceive a sec­ond in­ter­view for the job, which has been va­cant since March 27, when Nate Oats left af­ter four sea­sons to take the same job at Alabama.

UB is ex­pected to in­ter­view fi­nal­ists this week­end at the Fi­nal Four in Minneapolis.

Bat­tle was a point guard at UB for four sea­sons start­ing in 2001-02, and is in his fifth sea­son as an as­sis­tant on the men’s bas­ket­ball staff at UAB, in­clud­ing the last three sea­sons as an as­sis­tant with Robert Eh­san.

Bat­tle was the Mid-Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence Player of the Year in 2005 and played pro­fes­sion­ally for two sea­sons in Europe, then with Fort Worth of the NBA De­vel­op­men­tal League and the Buf­falo Rapids of the Amer­i­can Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion. He be­gan coaching in 2007, and was an as­sis­tant on Reg­gie Wither­spoon’s staff at UB un­til 2013. He then joined the staff at Chat­tanooga for a year.

UB in­ducted Bat­tle into its Hall of Fame in 2010. He is UB’s eighth all-time lead­ing scorer (1,414 points).

Wil­liams de­com­mits

Noah Wil­liams, a 6-foot5 guard from Seat­tle, an­nounced Wed­nes­day night on Twit­ter that he has de­com­mit­ted from the Univer­sity at Buf­falo men’s bas­ket­ball pro­gram.

Wil­liams’ an­nounce­ment comes a week af­ter Nate Oats re­signed at UB to become the men’s bas­ket­ball coach at Alabama.

Wil­liams orig­i­nally com­mit­ted to UB in March, and was the only high school player in UB’s re­cruit­ing class for UB. 247Sports ranked Wil­liams as a three-star re­cruit.

Wil­liams is the sec­ond mem­ber of UB’s 2019 re­cruit­ing class to re-open his re­cruit­ment. An­dre Allen, a 6-foot-9 inch for­ward at Ari­zona Western Col­lege, an­nounced on Twit­ter that he plans to re­quest his re­lease from UB.

UB re­cruits James Rojas and Durey Cad­well have not an­nounced their in­ten­tions re­gard­ing their com­mit­ments to UB. Rojas, who played high school bas­ket­ball at Jamestown, is a 6-foot-7 for­ward who re­cently com­pleted his sec­ond sea­son at Hutchin­son (Kan.) Com­mu­nity Col­lege. For­mer UB star Turner Bat­tle is cur­rently an as­sis­tant on the staff of Alabama-Birm­ing­ham.

Rojas did not re­turn mes­sages left by The News re­gard­ing his com­mit­ment. Steve Eck, his coach at Hutchin­son, said he has not dis­cussed Rojas’ fu­ture with him.”

“I have no idea what James’ plans are,” Eck said. “If I knew, I’d tell you. We haven’t talked about that. I’m sure in the next cou­ple days he’ll say some­thing to me, but right now, he’s been going to class and try­ing to grad­u­ate.”

Cad­well, a guard, re­cently com­pleted his first sea­son at Day­tona State Col­lege in Day­tona Beach, Fla.

Oats re­leased a thank-you state­ment to UB’s fans Wed­nes­day night on so­cial me­dia.

Re­ports: Legette-Jack to talk to Ga. Tech

Univer­sity at Buf­falo women’s bas­ket­ball coach Fel­isha Legette-Jack is a can­di­date for the same po­si­tion at Ge­or­gia Tech.

Mul­ti­ple re­ports state that Legette-Jack will in­ter­view for the Yel­low Jack­ets’ open­ing, and the At­lanta Jour­nalCon­sti­tu­tion re­ported Thurs­day that Ge­or­gia Tech ath­letic di­rec­tor Todd Stans­bury was to in­ter­view Legette-Jack.

The Jour­nal-Con­sti­tu­tion also re­ported Legette-Jack could also in­ter­view with Ge­or­gia Tech as­so­ciate ath­letic di­rec­tor Joeleen Akin this week­end in Tampa, Fla., site of the women’s Fi­nal Four.

Ge­or­gia Tech looks to re­place MaChelle Joseph, who was fired in March af­ter 16 sea­sons, fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion that found play­ers said she was emo­tion­ally, men­tally and ver­bally abu­sive. Joseph de­nied those al­le­ga­tions.

Legette-Jack was also re­port­edly a can­di­date for the open­ing at Penn State, which later hired Mar­quette coach Carolyn Kieger.

Legette-Jack re­cently com­pleted her sev­enth sea­son at UB, and led the Bulls to their third NCAA Tour­na­ment berth in the last four years.

Jada Ken­ner day

April 5th is of­fi­cially Jada Ken­ner Day in New York’s 60th Se­nate Dis­trict, ac­cord­ing to New York State Se­na­tor Chris Ja­cobs.

The Ta­pes­try Char­ter school sev­enth grader broke four state records and set a new world record for 12 year-olds dur­ing the NYSPHSAA In­door Track and Field Cham­pi­onships last month.

Ken­ner will be honored at Ta­pes­try Char­ter Mid­dle School to­day with Ja­cobs and her fam­ily present.

Prep talk AOW

Wil­liamsville East lacrosse player Clay­ton Os­borne and Nardin soft­ball player Jes­sica DiPasquale have been named the Prep Talk Ath­letes of the Week, spon­sored by Sgroi Fi­nan­cial, in vot­ing by vis­i­tors to Buf­faloNews.com.

Os­borne tal­lied seven goals and two as­sists for the un­beaten Flames in wins over Niagara Wheat­field and North Ton­awanda. He re­ceived 59 per­cent of the vote.

DiPasquale struck out 14 bat­ters in a shutout of Ken­more East while bat­ting 4-for-5 with three runs bat­ted in. She re­ceived 43 per­cent of the vote.

Vot­ing is con­ducted on Buf­faloNews.com, be­gin­ning each Mon­day. The vot­ing con­cludes Thurs­days at noon. To nom­i­nate an ath­lete for con­sid­er­a­tion, send an email to

Youth leads Depew

Depew soft­ball grad­u­ated a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence last sea­son. With lit­tle ex­pe­ri­ence but a lot of tal­ent coach Dan Seelig was able to trust his team.

Depew de­feated Cheek­towaga 7-1 with two mid­dle school­ers lead­ing the way.

Eighth-grader Jor­dan Kan­ick went 2-4 with an RBI while pitch­ing a two-hitter with nine strike­outs.

Sev­enth grader Mia Can­nelli started at short­stop hit­ting a home run.

“I’m very happy with the way we started our sea­son,” Seelig said.

Star­point wins with­out a hit

Ham­burg baseball’s Dy­lan Crowley and Evan Chaf­fee com­bined for 14 strike­outs and a no-hitter but still lost.

Star­point de­feated Ham­burg 3-2, scor­ing three un­earned runs in the first.

One walk, one passed ball, one bat­ter reached on an er­ror, a dropped third strike, a field­ers choice and an over­throw was the win­ning recipe for Star­point.

Star­point coach Ti­mothy Racey said Ham­burg has “a ex­cel­lent ball team” and didn’t re­al­ize they were no-hit un­til af­ter the game.

Star­point pitcher Adam Rankie went 6∑ in­nings with six strike­outs.

John Hickey/Buf­falo News file photo

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