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20-Year NBA Veteran Gives RaeQuan Battle High Praise

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Kelsie LeRose / WVSN

Ex-WVU guard RaeQuan Battle was not selected during the NBA’s two-day draft but did receive high praise from veteran Jamal Crawford on Thursday. Battle will now go through the undrafted free agent process.

Crawford played in the NBA for 20 years, winning three sixth-man of the year awards. Crawford scored over 19,000 points in 1,327 career games with notably the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Clippers.

“RaeQuan Battle is a sleeper in this draft.. Pro level shooter right now today!!,” Crawford wrote on X.

During his draft process, Battle had workouts with the Portland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic and others.

Battle completed his fifth season of collegiate eligibility with West Virginia this past season. Battle, who played at Washington and Montana State, transferred to WVU during the final months of Bob Huggins and stayed into the interim year with Josh Eilert.

Battle averaged 16.1 points and 4.0 rebounds on 41% shooting from the field in 22 games. Battle fought for eligibility during non-conference play after needing a waiver to compete for the Mountaineers. The Tulalip, Wa. native became eligible in mid-December and scored 29 points in each of his first two games. Battle scored over 20 points in nine games. Battle won back-to-back Big 12 Player of the Week awards as soon as he returned to the floor.

WV Sports Now will keep you up to date on Battle’s professional career.

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