When Shane Battier announced his retirement, rumors surfaced that he would be serving as a basketball analyst. In case you missed it, earlier this month, the rumors died down and things became official: Battier was hired as a college basketball analyst for ESPN.
“After a fulfilling run on the basketball, I am absolutely thrilled to join the Worldwide Leader in Sports’ in ESPN,” Battier said. “I hope my experiences as a successful collegiate and professional basketball player will add meaningful insight into the dynamic arena of the sports world. I am looking forward to bringing a sense of candor, humor and perspective to all of ESPN’s listeners, readers and viewers.”
The path that Battier has taken isn’t one he’s trailblazing. Many former athletes end up with some sports network as an analyst. Who better to talk about the sport than someone who has been playing for years?
“Shane’s championship caliber of play at every level of the game adds a distinctive element to our college basketball coverage,” said Mark Gross, senior vice president of production and remote events. “His passion for—and extensive knowledge of—the game enhances our deep roster of talented analysts.”
Battier spent four years at Duke and was drafted as the sixth overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2001 NBA Draft. Over his NBA career he played in 977 regular-season games and 112 post-season games during his 13-year stint in the NBA. He scored over 9,000 points during his career as well.
His trophy case isn’t empty either. He was on the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2002. He was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team on two separate occasions (2008 and 2009). He was the Division Sportsmanship Award winner five different years. He won the Magic Johnson Award two times and won the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award in his final season in the NBA. His college days were no different. He was NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player, Naismith College Player of the Year and AP College Player of the Year, all in 2001. He was also awarded these awards that year as well: John R. Wooden Award, Oscar Robertson Trophy, Adolph Rupp Trophy, Sporting News College Player of the Year, ACC Co-Player of the Year and Academic All-American of the Year.
Looking at his statistics and all his accolades, it’s fair to say that Battier knows what he’s talking about.