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Santa Barbara High basketball coach Corey Adam knows how academic and athletic excellence can reinforce each other — he sees it in Andre Battle, the senior captain for the recently ended season.
The Santa Barbara Sports Roundtable honors Battle as the recipient of College Athlete of the Year for Santa Barbara High School. The award is sponsored by Marc Gamberdella, member of the Roundtable, of the Gamberdella-Spruill group.
“His academic prowess shows in athletics,” Adam said. “In basketball you see some really good skills from the students on the court, especially in practice. He asks questions when he doesn’t understand something, which is something we really appreciate as coaches — teachers and coaches. He is eager to learn.”
And that desire to learn becomes an example for his teammates, added Adam.
Battle’s academic prowess is unquestionable. He carries a 4.6 GPA with numerous AP classes in his course load and four-year memberships in the National Honor Society and the California Scholarship Federation.
He will be attending UCLA in the fall and intends to major in biology, possibly with a minor in journalism. Writing and journalism is a self-proclaimed passion and he was a sports editor and writer for four years for The Forge, the SBHS school newspaper.
Besides studies and sports – in addition to the basketball team, he does the long jump and triple jump for the Dons track team and leads a leg of the 4×100 relay – he finds time for over 175 hours of community service and account, including the ResQcats Refuge, the REEF Aquatic Touch Tank, and working with first-generation students at Santa Barbara Junior High School.
“Obviously André is a renaissance man,” said Marc Gamberdella. “Athletically, academically and just a very impressive guy – He’s also a very active guy in our community.”
This desire to learn began with childhood curiosity, as is the case with the best scientists.
“When I was a kid, I went to the beach, like every weekend,” Battle said. “I enjoyed just exploring the water and tidal pools.”
From there, the application of his curiosity and ever-accumulating knowledge led to more recognition, including a presentation he made to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) on hazards affecting life. Marine.
He is looking forward to continuing his education at UCLA.
“They have a very good biology program,” he said. “I’m excited.”
Basketball experiences include sophomore college experience for the Dons’ CIF-SS run to the semi-finals and a leadership role working with fifth through eighth graders at Dons’ Youth Basketball Camp last summer.
And he’s a “great teammate,” Adam said.
“He just maintains a stable emotional level, which we need in a leader,” the coach said. “I think guys follow his instructions because he doesn’t use negative body language and doesn’t have a negative tone. We really appreciate everything he has done for us.
Battle, in turn, spreads gratitude for the sport and for everyone who has helped him along his path. This includes SBART and Gamberdella for the Scholar Athlete award and his high school coaches Adam, Greg Zuffelato and Tyler Shyrock “for always pushing me to do my best, whether on the field or in the classroom.”
“Basketball has always had a special place in my heart, and whenever I feel stressed or something is bothering me, I always take to the court to relax and calm down.”
Basketball and athletics, he said, “gave me a second family” and connections to teammates “like no other.”
And he thanks his younger brother Carter, “for being my teammate and my best friend.
“Last and foremost, I would like to thank my parents (Kareem and Laura Battle).
“Without them, I am nowhere in life. They are the reason I thrive the way I am today.