Mar 9, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Butler Bulldogs cheerleader carries a Butler flag before the game against the Xavier Musketeers at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Butler won 67-62. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Freshman Steven Bennett to bring “whatever it takes” mentality to Butler program

After suffering through a season-ending knee injury in January of his junior year at New Castle, Steven Bennett was faced with a challenge and responded with a big senior year for his high school basketball team. Bennett averaged just over 17 points per game playing for his father at New Castle and was named as an honorable mention for Indiana’s All-State team.

Now Bennett, who has drawn comparisons to Chase Stigall and Zach Hahn because of their style of play and the fact that they attended the same high school in Indiana, is on his way to walk-on to the team at Butler.

“The program and Coach Stevens really stood out. They run a great program and Coach Stevens is a great coach,” he said of his decision to attend Butler.  “The program is top notch, and I’m really honored to be a part of it.”

Bennett is one of two walk-ons coming to the Butler program as a part of the 2013 freshmen class, and he said that he has a very good relationship with his future teammate and former Carmel guard, Michael Volovic. He noted that he is also very familiar with Coach Brandon Miller, who will be returning to the Butler coaching staff this season after serving as an assistant in 2007-2008 as well.

“He’s a really good guy, a great coach,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to working with Coach Miller.”

As for Bennett’s role in this Bulldog program making its way into the Big East, he described himself as a “wing player” that is effective in running off of screens and creating opportunities for his teammates.  And, his 41% shooting from beyond the arc in his senior year to go along with 4.5 assists per game shows that he can be very effective in both of those areas.

I want to contribute in any way that I can and any way that Coach Stevens wants me to, whether that be in practice or a game,” he said of his role in the Butler program. “I want to do whatever it takes to help us win. That’s my main focus.”

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  • Sonbog

    Steve led his team in rebounding at 6.6 per game. I think his assist to turnover ration was something like three to one; it was short of that but close. He was second on his team in points scored. I doubt that a single recruiting service ever saw one of his games.

    • Collin O’Connor

      I think the biggest setback to his recruitment was his knee injury that prevented him from playing that spring. He definitely is a solid player to add as a walk-on, though. Can definitely be competitive in practice and make everyone better. I love his mentality.