Bulldog coaches work long, hard to land Ohio talent
By Tom Davis, Tdavis@news-sentinel.com
Monday, January 09, 2017 9:10 PM
This is the first in a four-part series to run this week on the future of Butler basketball.
Anyone who watched Butler’s most recent victory over Georgetown had to have felt positive regarding the future of the Bulldog men’s basketball program.
Sophomore center Nate Fowler played the best game of his career (11 points, four rebounds and solid defense in 19 very productive minutes), while freshman guard Kamar Baldwin had one of his, now fairly regular, “he may be Butler’s best player” games.
Baldwin played a team-high 41 minutes in the overtime victory and led the Bulldogs with 16 points and four steals, while also grabbing five rebounds.
The 12th-rated Bulldogs (14-2, 3-1 Big East) not only have those two players back in 2017-18, but also return six other players. In addition, Butler’s class of 2017 recruiting class is the highest rated in school history.
“We are obviously very excited about this incoming class,” third-year coach Chris Holtmann said upon signing four players in November. “To continue to compete in the Big East Conference, and at the highest level nationally, we must build our roster with consecutive quality recruiting classes that fit our program, and this group of young men fit that description.
“These are high-character individuals who appreciate Butler’s educational opportunities, our history, and our culture. On the court, this group is very versatile and skilled, and they value winning. The entire staff did an excellent job of evaluating and prioritizing this group.
“We’re excited for the impact they are going to have on our program in future years.”
The News-Sentinel will profile each of the four players in a series this week, beginning with Kyle Young.
Name: Kyle Young
School: Jackson High School, Massillon, Ohio
The latest: Jackson is 8-0 (4-0 Federal League) and face a tough test today against Hoover High School (7-1, 3-1). The Polar Bears are ranked 23rd nationally in the latest CBS MaxPreps High School Top 25 boys basketball national rankings and Young is averaging 18.1 points per game on 57.5 percent shooting.
Holtmann on Young: “Kyle is talented and tough minded. He’s physically tough. He’s a good athlete at the four, he kind of plays that typical forward position this year. He was a long recruiting process. We were in with him from really early on and certainly able to finish the deal, thank goodness. He’s going to be a good player for us.”
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