Butler Basketball: Prioritizing Bulldogs' List of Recruiting Targets

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Butler Basketball: Prioritizing Bulldogs' List of Recruiting Targets

Butler got its first verbal commitment in for the Class of 2014 last week, as forward Tyler Wideman opted to become Brandon Miller's first recruit July 19.

A high school teammate of Michigan's Glenn Robinson III, the 6'7" forward is a product of Lake Central High School in Indiana. He is a 3-star recruit on ESPN and is ranked ninth in the state of Indiana for the Class of 2014, according to indystar.com.

While it's nice to have his first verbal commitment under his belt, Brandon Miller's destination on the recruiting trail is far from being reached at this point.

Several possible impact players are still considering Butler, and for Miller, nabbing at least one of them would lay a foundation for the types of players he wants to coach. Perhaps they will differ from the types of players Brad Stevens would have recruited, but it's too early to tell at this point.

What people forget, however, is that Butler only has two seniors on its roster. Losing Khyle Marshall and Erik Fromm will open up two scholarships, one of which has already been taken by Wideman. Alex Barlow earned a scholarship for the upcoming season, but his status for 2014-15 is not guaranteed.

In simpler terms, Butler will likely only be able to sign two more players for the class of 2014. This could change depending on the status of Barlow along with any transfer requests or early NBA draft entries, but that's all up in the air at this point.

With scholarship numbers limited and many prospects already signed with schools, it may be in Miller's best interest to aim for the stars to round out this year's class. He may not get quantity with the Class of 2014, but he still has a chance to achieve quality. So, no, the reason this list is so short is not because I'm lazy. It's because Brandon Miller doesn't have much wiggle room for this year.

Here is a priority list of Butler's recruiting targets for the Class of 2014.

 

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