Brian Butch, a 6-10, 215 pound forward from West Appleton H.S. in Appleton, Wis., has narrowed his school choice list down to eight schools, according to his AAU coach Ritchie Davis -- Arizona, Iowa, Kansas, Marquette, North Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
Each school has offered except North Carolina. Will the Tar Heels offer Butch while Brian is participating in the deep Bob Gibbons tournament being held this weekend in North Carolina? It could happen, according to several sources. Will this perhaps push Brian closer to a decison if the Heels offer? Well, only Brian knows.
Butch visited Arizona from Apr. 27-29, and also has taken unofficial trips to Iowa, Wisconsin and Marquette. Butch is expected to get a good look at the UNC campus before he leaves the area, according to sources.
Butch is expected to attend the USA Youth Development Festival in Colorado Springs next month, as well as the adidas ABCD Camp and the adidas Big Time Tournament in July. He'll attend the latter with his Fox Valley Skillz basketball program.
This past season, Butch averaged 21 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and three blocks per contest.
What sets Butch apart from many of the top big men in the Class of 2003 are his skills away from the basket. He can spot up from just about anywhere on the perimeter, but he will need to add some strength and size to his skinny frame in the coming months in order to prepare for the rigors of the high Division I level.
Butch 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. He plans on retaking the ACT later this spring in order to boost his score a bit higher.