Courtesy of Kentucky State AthleticsKentucky State University men’s basketball senior Ditalion Battle was recently honored by BoxToRow.com, an online publication dedication to HBCU athletics.
“Ditalion is an extremely talented player and in recruiting him, we expected that he would be a player to earn honors such as this,” said Kentucky State University head coach Jamaal Jackson. “He has a bright future and we’re proud of him.”
Battle (Cincinnati, OH) was named first team All-American, becoming the first KSU All-American since Kenny Jones in 2008. He is one of six Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference players honored by BoxToRow. The guard is the fourth All-American coached by Jackson.
In addition to the national All-American honor, Battle earned all-South Region honors by the Division II College Commissioners Association.
He earned first team All-SIAC honors after leading the conference in scoring with 19.3 points per game, which is more than a point higher than the SIAC’s second leading scorer. Battle connected on 3.1 three-pointers per game, tying him for the SIAC lead. He was ranked amongst conference leaders in several categories; fourth in assist to turnover ratio (1.5), eighth in assists (3.3), 11th in steals (1.5) and 14th in three-point percentage (.359).
Kentucky State finished the season 13-14 after falling in the first round of the SIAC Tournament.