As a Junior in 2003-04: hit 2-2 FTs with 2 rebs. 2 assists, 1 blk. in two preseason exhibitions made his first GW start vs. West Virginia in the BB&T Classic (12/6/03) started BB&T final against #17 Gonzaga (12/7/03) scored his season-high 4 pts. with 2 blks. @ Fairfield (12/23/03) back pain kept him sidelined the last three games
In 2002-03: Sat out last season while practicing with the Colonials after transferring from St. Lawrence University.
At St. Lawrence: Played two seasons at Division III St. Lawrence University in upstate New York before coming to Washington. Battistoni earned Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association (UCAA) Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman and was selected to the UCAA second-team all-star squad... averaged 13.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game and led the Saints with 33 blocked shots. He shot 59 percent from the field and turned in a number of clutch performances during the 2001-02 season.
High School: Graduated from Salisbury High School in Salisbury, CT, where he played for coach Chris Hinchey.
Personal: Born February 17, 1981 in Goshen, CT... full name is Russell David Battistoni... son of David and Madelyn Battistoni... has one sister Jana (26)...history major.
@GW_MBB Welcomes Back Alumni
The GW men's basketball team welcomed back a number of alumni to practice on Saturday, Oct. 1
The GW men's basketball team has been hard at work preparing for the 2016-17 season
GW Names Maurice Joseph Interim Head Coach of Men's Basketball
The George Washington University announced today that Maurice Joseph has been named Interim Head Coach of the men's basketball team.
GW Men's Basketball Announces 2016-17 Schedule
The GW men's basketball team on Tuesday unveiled its 2016-17 schedule and it includes a minimum of 17 nationally televised games
@GW_MBB Concludes Japan Tour with 82-58 rout of Ryukyu Kings
The GW men's basketball team wrapped up its tour of Japan with an 82-58 rout of the Ryukyu Golden Kings Sunday afternoon at the Okinawa City Gymnasium
GW Finishes 3-0 vs. Japan with 75-47 Win
The GW men's basketball team completed a three-game sweep of the Japan National Team with a 75-47 victory Friday night in Hamamatsu Arena.
Watanabe, Cavanaugh Lead GW Men's Basketball Past Japan
Yuta Watanabe scored 19 and Tyler Cavanaugh had 23 as GW men's basketball defeated Japan, 77-71 on Tuesday evening in Tokyo
GW Men's Basketball Defeats Japan, 81-66
Playing in front of his home fans for the first time in three years, Yuta Watanabe scored 15 points for the George Washington men's basketball team as it...