Dec 17, 2011; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Butler Bulldogs forward Andrew Smith (44) tips in the winning basket with one second left in the game to defeat the Purdue Boilermakers at Conseco Fieldhouse. Butler defeats Purdue 67-65. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

New Butler staff makes first offers

Butler coaches were everywhere during the first July evalutaion period last week and that appears to have led to Brandon Miller and his staff making its first scholarship offers since Brad Stevens left for the Boston Celtics.

First, an offer was extended to Louisville native Kelan Martin. A top 150 player in Rivals’ rankings, Butler has long been considering a front-runner in Martin’s recruitment. Now, they put themselves right at the top with a scholarship offer.

247Sports, a recruiting site with a “Crystal Ball” feature where recruiting analysts will predict where recruits will end up, already had selected Butler as his eventual destination before they had offered him a scholarship.

So,  it is safe to say that Butler will be in the running to land this 2014 forward. And, with his skill-set and talent, he could be the type of player that can get the ball rolling on this 2014 class.

Additionally, news that Butler had offered Lake Central’s Tyler Wideman also went public last night.

Brandon Miller spent time at the Nike EYBL Finals last weekend where Wideman averaged almost eight rebounds to go along with seven points per game. While those don’t look like huge numbers, coming against the best talent and best teams across the country, Wideman was able to hold his own in the paint.

Those numbers, among other factors, eventually led to a Butler offer. And, moving forward, Wideman is another name to keep an eye on as an eventual commit in what is a promising 2014 recruiting class.



Quick Notes

Yesterday, the bracket was released for the tournament Butler will be playing in over Thanksgiving weekend, the Old Spice Classic.Butler will first play Washington State and will then either play Oklahoma State, a team with a projected top-five draft pick in sophomore Marcus Smart, or in-state rival Purdue.






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