On Thursday, the AAU coach of Malcolm Evans, a 6-7 wing from Mississippi, reported that Butler had indeed offered Evans a scholarship this week.
Normally, that wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for Butler to extend an offer to someone of his caliber, but usually offers do not come from Butler this early. Evans is at the end of his sophomore year right now, and Butler generally waits until mid-summer before a prospect’s junior year before offering, leaving a couple of months before extending an offer.
I have a feeling it was a soft offer – as in “We will officially offer you in July” as they normally do.
— Kyle Murphy (@merfe05) May 16, 2013
Looking at the traditional ways Butler recruits, this suggestion makes a bit more sense. However, with the move to the Big East, Butler has extended its web in terms of the number of offers it has out there. There are currently eight players on our 2014 recruiting board, a list consisting of every player in the class that we know of with a Butler offer, which is more than past years.
Because of that, an offer here would be believable and maybe a positive moving forward as Butler now has to compete with the big programs if it wants to go after Big East-level players.
As for Malcolm Evans, he is an athletic wing that is very good with the ball in his hands and plays a lot like a guard, even at 6-7. He seems to have a lot of potential, and is long enough to make an impact on both ends of the floor. Whether he has an offer at this point or not, Evans seems to be a player that would fit in well on the wing for the Bulldogs.