Many new targets have emerged since Brandon Miller took over as the head coach in July. Over the past week, the start of the September recruiting period, we’ve gotten a better idea of who Butler is pursuing, especially in the 2014 class.
Miller was in Florida early in the week watching guard Adonys Henriquez, who de-committed from Miami just a few weeks ago. Butler had shown interest in the 4 star Orlando native prior to his commitment, and he has become one of the top targets for the Bulldog staff. He told Jack LeGwin, of SNY.tv, that Butler and UCF are his favorites as of right now.
New Butler assistant coach Chris Holtmann was in North Carolina watching ZaQwaun Matthews, a 6’5 shooting guard. Matthews was one of Holtmann’s top priorities while he was the head coach at Gardner-Webb, recruiting the guard since he was a freshman in high school. Obviously, Holtmann has made him a target for Butler shortly after he arrived here in July. Matthews, who is rated as the 12th prospect in North Carolina, has no offers yet, but interest from Georgetown, Baylor, Charlotte, and East Carolina. He plans on setting up a visit to Butler, and said, “he looks forward on meeting the rest of the staff, including Brandon Miller.”
The final new name to emerge this week is Rashard Kelly, a 3 star, 6’6 prospect from Virginia. He was offered on Wednesday night, after a Butler coach watched him on Tuesday. He has a long list of offers that includes Wichita State, Marshall, Xavier, Townson, Monmouth, George Mason, George Washington, Butler, Old Dominion, Temple, and ECU. He also has interest from a few other high major schools. He says, as of right now, he has no favorites but said that Butler is very high on his list.
He told me, “I like the history of the program. I’ve also heard of what the new coach (Miller) can do.” When asked how he would describe his play he responded, “I’m not a set position player. I play with a high motor, and I don’t back down from anything.”
It is good to see the new staff becoming more aggressive as time goes on. Although Miller doesn’t have the prestige of Brad Stevens yet, I’ve had many sources close to the program say they think Miller will end up as a much better recruiter. With already one commitment in his 3 month tenure, Miller is starting to show that, if anything, he’s not afraid to be aggressive in the recruiting game.