Berry Talks Butler, Potential A-10 Move

2013 Butler commit Nolan Berry talked about his upcoming summer and his thoughts on the potential of the Bulldogs joining the Atlantic 10 Conference.

A fair amount of juniors will head into this April's live recruiting period trying to impress college coaches.

Luckily for De Smet forward Nolan Berry, his decision is already made -- he'll be playing for Brad Stevens at Butler.

Despite rumors that his commitment was wavering, he dispeled those Monday evening with

"I took visits to other places," Berry said. "I wasn't going to commit unless I was going to do it 100 percent. I'm 100 percent to Butler."

The six-foot-eight swingman is ready to work hard on the circuit nonetheless to prove his college readiness.

Playing under a new system with a couple additional players, the St. Louis Eagles will face stiff competition in the EYBL and elsewhere in the coming months.

"All the teams are going to have big frontcourts," Berry said. "It's really important for me to work on my strength, quickness, and post moves. Hopefully I'll be able to put on some weight as well as showing I'm a threat from outside."

With media outlets swirling the thought of Butler joining the Atlantic 10, Berry was definitely in favor of the move.

"It'd be awesome to go to the A-10," he said. "It's a lot better competition and it would be a lot of fun. Especially coming home and getting to play in front of my friends and family [against Saint Louis]. . .it's one of those things that it's great if it happens, but it's fine if it doesn't."

Berry also noted that several Butler coaches have mentioned that they are "working on it", but said they haven't elaborated on the possibility of the move becoming a reality.

Although the idea of him playing at home might not be a reality quite yet, one dream of his will certainly come to fruition. When he steps on campus in Indianapolis, Hinkle Fieldhouse is going to be his home court.

It's going to be an awesome experience," Berry said. "Playing in a gym like that. I remember Coach [Brad] Stevens saying you either love Hinkle or you hate it. I'm one of those guys that loves it. I love the tradition and the history."

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