Butler Finishes Off Year

The Butler Bulldogs are finished as far as 2003 recruiting goes. On Wednesday, Butler landed the final piece of its 2003 recruiting puzzle.

The Butler Bulldogs have concluded their 2003 recruiting with a junior college player. Guard James Parker signed with Butler and will have two seasons remaining. He's a big time student who carries a 3.3 GPA.

"They're getting a two-year starter for me," Eastern Oklahoma JC coach Jim Voight said. "He contributed a lot to our program both on the court and off the court." Parker averaged 12 points and 4 assists a game last season. He's a native of Chicago.

"We struggled as a team this year but James is a kid who is a very quick athlete. I consider him a big time athlete for a 6-0 kid. He led our team this year in dunks as a point guard. He's a good 3-point shooter. He's made great strides the two years he's been here. When he came in two years ago he was really just a guard. I knew at 6-0 the kid was probably going to have to be a point guard. He had to undergo a lot of changes for me and made great strides in that regard."

Butler, coming off a season in which they defeated Louisville and Mississippi State in the NCAA Tournament, has signed a very good class. Nick Brooks, one of the top players in Illinois highlights the five-man class.

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