Virginia guard Dimitri Batten found a school with his desired major and a chance to play early. It didn't hurt that the school is just 30 minutes away from home either. The 6-foot-3 guard from Newport News is off the board.
Batten told Rivals.com on Thursday that he verbally committed to Old Dominion and will stay close to home for college.
"I think they have a really good program and I like their staff of coaches. They have my major, engineering, and it's one of the best in the nation," Batten said. "My family is going to be able to see me play, too."
An aggressive combo guard, Batten shined with the Boo Williams 16 and under program with his ability to thrive in transition. Batten said he feels like he do similar things for ODU and coach Blaine Taylor in colleg.e
"He likes my ability to not give up and play above the rim. Coach said he likes my hustle and that I can play the one and the two. Coach said that is what he likes about me."
Batten said he also considered Virginia Commonwealth and Miami but "ODU was always my strongest."