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Consistency is key for Butler’s Tyler Wideman

The junior forward continues to steadily get better...and also dunk a lot.

NCAA Basketball: Butler at Cincinnati Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Junior Tyler Wideman looks to continue his upward trend this season for the Butler Bulldogs. And also keep dunking all over the Big East’s finest.

Hailing from Schererville, Indiana (Northwest Indiana represent!!!), Wideman averaged 2.3 points and 2.6 rebounds per game during his freshman year. He progressed during his sophomore year, however, notching 7.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game and starting all 33 games.

Wideman scored in double figures during 11 games during his sophomore season and achieved a career-high 18 points during the season opener against The Citadel. He was also perfect from the field during four separate games and surprisingly had a career-high seven steals against Georgetown last season, which is just one off the Butler single-game record.

Butler head coach Chris Holtmann always speaks fondly of Wideman’s presence both on and off the court.

“Tyler is an important part of our program,” Holtmann said to the Northwest Indiana Times. “First of all, he’s a terrific kid. Our campus community loves him. He’s a pleasure to coach. He continues to really improve and develop. He has improved his fitness and motor as well as his skill set.”

The rotation of Wideman, Andrew Chrabascz and newcomer Joey Brunk will be interesting to see in the upcoming season. I hope Butler can find the right mix of these guys that can work well together along with new superstar Kelan Martin.

Wideman has continued to prove his reliability to the team, and I don’t believe his role on the team will change very much from last season.

I would like to cap this off with a beautiful dunk that Wideman delivered to Seton Hall’s Rashed Anthony last year (and-1, of course). I am ready to see a lot more of those this upcoming season because Naptown is Wideman’s dunk town (I’ll see myself out).