|Outside back Delasi Batse adds athleticism to 49ers attack|
|Redshirt freshman a factor on the flank|
|Published Monday, August 27, 2018 4:29 pm|
|SAM ROBERTS | CHARLOTTE 49ERS ATHLETICS|
|Charlotte 49ers redshirt freshman Delasi Batse is at his best on the counterattack where he can get down the flank and play balls into the box.|
Delasi Batse brings athletic simplicity to the Charlotte 49ers.
A redshirt freshman from Durham, he played 90 minutes at outside back in Charlotte’s 1-0 season opening against Florida Gulf Coast. Taking a year to acclimate physically and mentally has paid handsomely.
“I realized it would be better for me to get another year to prepare, and I really think that helped me,” Batse said of redshirting last season.
Said coach Kevin Langan: “He redshirted last year, [and] worked really hard on the defensive side of the game—his positioning, his decision [making], his one-versus-one defending.”
At 6-foot-2, Batse’s athleticism and pace make him a force on the counterattack. He has the ability to quickly get down the flank and play balls into the box.
“My style of play is really getting up and down the wings,” Batse said. “Not doing too much—just going right at them, and trying to pass them by.”
Said Langan: “He’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever coached. He’s an extremely electric player. When we get into the attack, he’s an absolute weapon going forward. He takes two strides, and he’s in the attacking third. He gets the ball off his foot. He doesn’t really need a trick to beat anyone, just a nice touch, and he’s been working really hard on his final balls, his delivery and his calmness on the ball.”
Batse began playing at age three, and by the time he hit double digits it went from being a side hobby to a serious pursuit.
“I started getting serious at about 10 or 11, and it really flew off from there,” Batse said. “I went to my local club [Triangle United] to CASL academy for four years, which I really think helped me prepare for the college game.”
Charlotte’s atmosphere and campus attracted him from the Triangle.
“I noticed that Charlotte was competitive every year for the past six or seven years,” Batse said. “Kev is a great coach.”
Said fellow Triangle native and junior midfielder Maclean Holbrook of Cary: “Delasi might be one of the best athletes in the country. If you see him on the wings, he’s incredibly fast. He’s worked really hard. I played with him in club, so I’ve seen him over the course of the last couple of years. He’s just a good guy, works hard, and that’s all we can ask for.”
Batse’s point of focus heading into the second match of the season – against 1-1 Furman on Aug. 31 at Transamerica Field? “Probably my final ball,” he said.
Said Langan of Batse’s effort in the opener: “It was a great performance from Delasi. The exciting thing is he can get so much better.”
Said Holbrook: “He’s a natural athlete. We just need to get him into our system, and he keeps getting better every single day. That’s all we can ask. I’m excited to see what his future holds.”
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