It was a busy month of June for the Butler Bulldogs.
The ‘Dawgs said goodbye to head coach Chris Holtmann, who departed the program after three seasons to fill the vacancy left by Thad Matta in Columbus, becoming the coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Butler saw to it to fill their vacancy quickly, hiring Milwaukee Panthers coach LaVall Jordan, who Butler fans know quite a good deal about.
From a recruiting standpoint, this impacted BU, as they had to act quickly to make sure that their class for 2017 stayed intact. After all, it was the best class in school history, and the possibility of it being gutted would impact the ‘Dawgs significantly in the upcoming season.
Luckily, the Bulldogs managed to retain all but Kyle Young, who left to go with Holtmann at OSU. Young was definitely the centerpiece of the group, standing as the top-ranked recruit in the class of five, but the four remaining players decided to stay in Indianapolis. Jerald Gillens-Butler, Christian David, Aaron Thompson and Cooper Neese will all be suiting up for the Bulldogs to join the likes of Kelan Martin, Kamar Baldwin, Tyler Wideman and Joey Brunk among others in what should be an intriguing fifth season in the Big East.
Apart from the duties of trying to stay intact for 2017, it was pretty quiet elsewhere. The Bulldogs weren’t too active in trying to send out offers, with only two going out during the month of June. One offer went to 2018 guard Miller Kopp of Houston Christian. Kopp is a three-star, 6-foot-6, 200-pound shooting guard who a variety of schools are chasing.
Another went to Jaxson Hayes of Cincy Moeller. Hayes is listed at 6-foot-6, 185 lbs. and, judging by his reel, has some pretty terrific athleticism.
On Sunday, the Bulldogs missed out on 2018 point guard Jordan Lathon, who committed to Northwestern. As Tyler Hicks of ButlerHoops indicated, the game changed a bit once Holtmann fled for the Buckeyes job, as Butler could very well have had him in tow otherwise. Nevertheless, they’re still in contention for fellow Missourian Torrence Watson of St. Louis, as the four-star 6-foot-4 shooting guard could be a savvy addition to the ‘Dawgs backcourt if they’re able to land him.
With the July recruitment period looming, expect the heat to be turned up for Butler and new coach LaVall Jordan. June was mostly about maintaining order, and all things considered, the Bulldogs did exactly that.