University of Minnesota men’s basketball standout Jamison Battle (Robbinsdale, Minn.) has been named to the 2022-23 Preseason All-Big Ten, announced today by the league office. It is Battle’s first preseason honor of his career.
A junior forward, Battle joined the Golden Gophers in the 2021-22 season after a two-year stint at George Washington. Named a Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection last year, Battle returns as one of the Big Ten’s leading scorers. In conference action alone, Battle averaged 17.1 points during Big Ten play, and ranked eighth in conference scoring. In overall play, he averaged a team-best 17.5 points and 6.3 rebounds last season as a sophomore. Battle had 27 double-figure scoring games, including 11 with 20 or more points. He also established a team-best 39 points at Maryland, which tied sixth in school history for points in a game. Battle was named a Third Team All-A10 athlete at George Washington in 2020-21, where he averaged 17.3. Off the court, the DeLaSalle graduate is a sports management major and was named to the 2021-22 NABC Honors Court, given to individuals with cumulative grade point averages of 3.2 or higher.
The Golden Gophers play St. Olaf in an exhibition game on Nov. 2, with the season opener Nov. 7 vs. Western Michigan.
2022-23 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM*
Terrence Shannon Jr., Sr., G, Illinois
TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS, JR., F, INDIANA
Kris Murray, Jr., F, Iowa
HUNTER DICKINSON, JR., C, MICHIGAN
Malik Hall, Sr., F Michigan State
Jamison Battle, Jr., F, Minnesota
Jalen Pickett, Sr., G, Penn State
ZACH EDEY, JR., C, PURDUE
Clifford Omoruyi, Jr., C, Rutgers
Chucky Hepburn, So., G, Wisconsin
Tyler Wahl, Sr., F, Wisconsin
2022-23 BIG TEN PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Trayce Jackson-Davis, Jr., F, Indiana
Unanimous selections listed in ALL CAPS
*Additional honoree due to tie
(info and photo courtesy of Gopher Sports)