There were many top division one programs represented yesterday to watch Brian Butch, a 7-0, 217 pound forward from West Appleton H.S. in Appleton, Wisconsin, workout. Yesterday was the last day of part one of the July recruiting evaluation period. Coaches now have to stay home until July 22nd. Then they can go out again and evaluate.
Butch, RivalsHoops.com's #3 ranked player in 2003, has indicated interest in Arizona, Iowa, Kansas, Marquette, North Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Steve Alford of Iowa, Tony Bennett and Rob Jeter from Wisconsin, Darrin Horn from Marquette, Doug Wojcik from North Carolina, Joe Holladay from Kansas, Kerry Keating from Tennessee, and Tony Fuller from Stanford were all in attendance, according to Butch's AAU coach, Ritchie Davis.
Each school has offered now. Butch visited Arizona from Apr. 27-29, and also has taken unofficial trips to Iowa, Wisconsin and Marquette.
This past season, Butch averaged 21 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and three blocks per contest.
Butch can spot up from just about anywhere on the perimeter, but he will need to add some strength and size to his frame in the coming months in order to prepare for the rigors of the high Division I level. Making Butch even more effective is his willingness to battle for every loose ball.
Butch, who was the player of the year in the state of Wisconsin in 2001-2002, said he has a 3.76 GPA and scored a 20 on the ACT, marks that would easily qualify him under current NCAA standards for freshman eligibility.
The only school absent at yesterday's workout was Arizona but Lute Olson was in on Monday. UNC coach Matt Doherty from North Carolina and Bo Ryan from Wisconsin were also in attendance this past Monday.
Butch may visit UNC the weekend of September 13th. If he does, he will miss the Spiece Fall Festival, an event he would have played with his AAU team.
*Thanks To Ritchie Davis for his help.