Tyus Battle, Oshae Brissett respond to questions surrounding their return to SU basketball

Syracuse sophomore guard Tyus Battle walks off the court following Friday night's 69-65 loss to Duke in the Sweet 16 from Omaha, Neb.

Immediately following Syracuse's loss to Duke in the Sweet 16 from Omaha on Friday night, the questions began to fire off inside the Orange locker room.

The targets: Tyus Battle and Oshae Brissett.

Battle had long been considered a potential NBA Draft candidate prior to the start of the season, while Brissett has emerged during the NCAA Tournament as another potential star-in-the-making.

When asked by reporters following the game, Battle offered up his response to the big question.

"I don't even know," Battle stated with a sense of uncertainty. "I mean, it's so early to even decide what I'm going to do. I'm just happy to be able to play for this team and make this run with these guys."

Meanwhile, Brissett gave more of a substantial answer.

"I've never thought about that," Brissett explained when asked about turning pro. "That's something that me and my family need to think about. I feel like I'll be back next year."

The Orange should return starters such as Frank Howard, Paschal Chukwu and Marek Dolezaj -- but the question marks will continue to surround Battle and Brissett as the NBA Draft draws closer.

Although Brissett stated that he "feels" like he will be back, you can never be too certain. Former Orange star Malachi Richardson is one player that comes to mind in terms of one whose draft stock elevated to first round stature following a string of terrific performances en route to the Final Four in 2016.

Battle, however, will be the one to watch.

The sophomore two-guard has been in and out of mock drafts all year, but certainly raised some eyebrows with his ability to knock down clutch shots during the Orange's improbable run to the Sweet 16.

One thing is for certain: Battle and Brissett will more than likely head to Chicago for the NBA Draft Combine in May.

The only way the two will not be able to return to Syracuse, is if they hire an agent.

The 2018 NBA Draft is set for Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

On the flipside, the Orange bring in one of the better recruiting classes across the nation, headlined by McDonald's All-American power forward Darius Bazley out of Cincinnati.

Aside from Bazley, point guard Jalen Carey and sharpshooter Buddy Boeheim round out the three-man class.

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