Butler is ready to commit

Reggie Butler has two distinct favorites. Two schools are so far ahead for the services of the 6-6 wing from Long Beach (Poly), California. They are so far ahead that he's ready to commit right away.

"If the right team comes along I'll sign early," Butler said. "I already know what I want."

So what is the right team?

"If Maryland offers, Maryland," Butler said after Thursday's game at the Las Vegas Big Time Tournament. "If Arizona offers, then Arizona."

Three other teams are in the hunt. UCLA, Oregon and USC. The Bruins may not be one of the two favorites, but they are moving up the ranks fast.

"UCLA's in there and their coming on strong since the beginning of the summer."

UCLA has shown interest late, but Maryland has been there since early on in the process.

"I started getting letters from Maryland before they came to see me play," Butler said. "They first saw me in the last Vegas tournament early in the recruiting period."

Arizona has also been in the picture for quite a while, maintaining a good relationship.

"I talk to coach (Rodney) Tention all the time."

Butler is enjoying his time at the Tournament. His West Coast All-Stars have been turning heads, and Butler has been proving his critics wrong.

"I have a wonderful team here. They play really hard. I just want to show everybody who hasn't seen me play that the things they heard I couldn't do, well I can do them. There are rumors that I can't shoot. The first and second game I proved that I can shoot."

Butler scored 23 points in the first game and 18 in the second. He did struggle in his team's third contest, a come from behind win over Team Detroit. In limited playing time, Butler was held under ten. Despite the poor performance, Butler is pleased with the tournament as a whole and what he is gaining from it.

"I want to work on things by playing teams of high competition," Butler confessed.

Although he has played both wing spots in high school, Butler wants to be a small forward on the collegiate level.

"The three-man is someone who can do anything and I want to show people that I can do anything."

Butler showed people he can do many things. Last year he averaged 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists a contest.


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