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Butler is in four-star 2020 guard Eugene Brown III’s top six, Xavier out

The four-star Georgia guard has trimmed his list to six.

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It’s good news for one Big East team, and bad for the other.

Four-star Class of 2020 prospect Eugene Brown III (Decatur, Ga./Southwest DeKalb) listed the Butler Bulldogs in his final six schools, but left off the Xavier Musketeers.

On Friday afternoon, Brown announced that he will be focusing on these six schools moving forward: Butler, Ohio State, Louisville, Texas A&M, and two home state teams in Georgia and Georgia Tech.

Xavier had been on Brown for two years, offering him back in August 2017. With the way the Musketeers’ recruiting class is shaping up and filling in, he might not have felt inclined to join the crowded picture. Also, Chris Mack, who was the head coach of the Musketeers when Brown was first offered, is now at Louisville and that could explain the Cardinals still being in the picture—although Brown did previously disclose earlier in the summer that Xavier was still very much active in his recruitment.

As for Butler, the Bulldogs offered him in April and both parties have been in close contact ever since.

Brown took an official visit to Butler earlier in the year and said, “The trust that I felt from the staff was the biggest takeaway for me. They want me to come in and impact right away,” about his time there afterwards.

At Southwest DeKalb (Ga.), Brown was named a captain as a junior this past season. He averaged 13.4 points through the first five games, before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

Before that, as a sophomore, he averaged 11.6 points per game.