Arizona remains alive with Brian Butch

Seven-foot forward Brian Butch from Appleton (Wis.) West HS spoke with Cattracks this evening and shed some light on his recruiting situation and when he'll be ready to make a decision.

Butch has completed his five official visits and was said to be ready to make an announcement next Wednesday, October 23rd. According to Brian, that's not exactly the case.

"That's what I've been hearing people say, too," he said. "All I said was that it was a good target date but it could be earlier or later. When I'm ready I'll choose a school and it might be on the 23rd, who knows? It's just not set in stone."

He is expected to choose between five schools, Wisconsin, Arizona, Kansas, Marquette and North Carolina. There isn't a clear leader at this point, according to Butch, ever the diplomat, but each school has something that appeals to him.

"At North Carolina it's the tradition and the basketball (atmosphere)," said Butch, who is a consensus top 10 prospect in the class of 2003. "Same thing with Kansas. Marquette and Wisconsin you have your hometown schools so that plays a role and then Arizona has a great tradition also.

"I liked a bunch of coaches that I've met so far and all five from final schools. I haven't really connected with one more than the other, I liked them all, to be honest."

Butch, who injured his back a few times this summer and was unable to fully showcase his complete game at the big tournaments and camps, said he feels healthy now and is ready to get back to just "being a student".

"I'm ready for this to end," he said.

In the case of Arizona, Butch said he knows about the Wildcats' last remaining scholarship and that both he and 6-10 PF Kirk Walters (Grand Rapids, MI) are the two guys it has been offered to.

"We've had good open communication," he said of the Arizona coaching staff. "We probably talk twice a week. They'll call me once and then I'll call them back later in the week. The communication is good both ways. I know where they stand and vice versa."

Contact Ben Hansen at BHansen6677@aol.com


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