July is a very important month in terms of recruiting for next season and beyond, and this year it is perhaps even more so as Butler begins its transition to a new head coach in Brandon Miller.
This week started a period of watching and recruiting that will be pivotal for future classes, so Butler’s coaches were all out at some of the biggest tournaments going on right now, beginning with the new head man.
And it didn’t take long for him to be back on the scene for Butler’s top target, Trevon Bluiett. Playing in the Nike EYBL Finals in South Carolina, Brandon Miller made the trip down there to sit front and center to watch Bluiett’s Spiece Indy Heat team play on Thursday.
Calipari, Boeheim, Bruce Weber, Brandon Miller, Purnell, Larry Brown, Jay Wright, Indiana, Xavier, Ohio St. watching Team Final vs. Spiece.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) July 11, 2013
So far, it looks like things have not changed in terms of Bluiett’s recruitment and his involvement with Butler. There still seems to be a mutual interest there and Bluiett despite initial rumors that he had contacted Miller and told him he was no longer interested. Despite those reports, it appears Butler is still in the picture.
Trevon Bluiett’s dad to me, RE: reports they told Brandon Miller Butler is out: “Neither Trevon or I have talked with Brandon.”
— Jeff Rabjohns (@JeffRabjohns) July 7, 2013
Bluiett’s teammate even, Trey Lyles, cut his list to just four on Thursday and kept Butler in the running alongside Florida, Kentucky, and Louisville. The top ten 2014 prospect is still expected to attend college elsewhere, but the fact that Butler is still in the picture for such a highly sought after recruit is a testament to the program’s recent success.
Trey Lyles instagramed that he is down to Kentucky, Louisville, Butler and Florida, cutting Duke, UCLA http://t.co/KuuA7eyJF9
— Steve Jones (@SteveJones_CJ) July 12, 2013
As for Butler’s two assistants currently on staff, they spent their day in Indianapolis at the very popular and talent-filled Adidas Invitational. They were reportedly watching several games over the course of the week, but two targets that particularly stick out are Minnesota native J.P. Macura and Louisville native Kelan Martin.
Macura has already been heavily involved with Butler, taking an official visit and recently receiving an offer. He even went as far to say that he was “in between” committing to Butler before Brad Stevens left to take the head coaching job for the Boston Celtics.
J.P. Macura said he was “in between” committing to Butler before Brad Stevens left for the Celtics.
— Trevor Andershock (@INBBallSource) July 11, 2013
Kelan Martin, on the other hand, looks as if he is just now becoming a target to Butler. He has yet to receive an offer from the Bulldogs, but there is definitely a mutual interest there that could lead to a commitment from the 6-5 forward.
Butler coaches were front and center for the match-up between these two players and saw each of them play at least one more time. So, overall, it looks as if the players who were at the top of the list when Brad Stevens was the coach a week ago remain a top priority for Brandon Miller at this point.