First calls for Miller?

Look for new Butler Head Coach Brandon Miller to contact prospects like Trevon Bluiett and J.P. Macura right away.

The Butler University head coaching position was vacant for roughly 72 hours. When Brad Stevens announced his decision to depart the program for the Boston Celtics, Butler athletic director Barry Collier said it would be a quick process and it would stay in the Butler family, and that is exactly what happened with Brandon Miller being named head coach.

With Miller's introductory press conference now completed, the new boss has slightly less than 72 hours to get his July plans ready and completed. While not much will change recruiting wise in terms of who Butler is recruiting, seeing as how the whole goal was keep continuity both with the 2013 recruits and in future classes, Miller will have to make some very key and important calls.

Aside from the obvious issue of finalizing a staff, seeing which of the assistants either want to return or will be retained, and then finding another assistant coach, Miller has to re-stock a roster that is now competing in the Big East.

Butler's 2014 class is a very important one. The Bulldogs brought in a solid four man crew in 2013, but they have a few big needs most notably more firepower on the wing and a solid point guard.

Freshman Rene Castro might be ticketed to start at the point guard position this season for Butler, but he is more of a combo guard than a pure point, and backup Jackson Aldridge hasn't proven to be overly reliable his first two years in the program, so they absolutely must land a point guard in this class.

Some of the top targets for Butler would include Lamonte Bearden out of Wisconsin, Lance Tejada, and Justin Coleman. Miller himself was the lead recruiter on Bearden, so there is a relationship there, but there is no question he and his staff, whoever that may be, have to address that need quickly.

While point guard is the biggest need, maybe the two biggest priorities for the Bulldogs are four-star wings Trevon Bluiett and J.P. Macura.

Bluiett was considered a Butler and Michigan battle by most, with many thinking the Bulldogs held the advantage for the top 50 local product. Current Butler assistant Michael Lewis and along with Stevens built a tremendous relationship with Bluiett and his family. Over the last few months Miller has worked that recruitment as well, but now he will have to re-establish that tight bond with a kid that the Bulldogs definitely need to make a statement in Indianapolis.

With Macura he visited Butler officially right before the month of July, and the visit went well. Macura is someone who most felt Butler held a big lead for. Miller was the lead recruiter on Macura, but Stevens put in a ton of individual time in that recruitment as well. Now Miller needs to go from assistant to head coach an earn the complete trust of the top 100 prospect and his family. Obviously Macura has a soft spot in his heart for the Bulldogs, but a lot of that had to do with Stevens and his coaching, it will be interesting to see how Miller and his staff will do with Macura going forward.

Butler already has a big time shooting threat in Kellen Dunham on the wing, and some talented young players like Elijah Brown, Andrew Chrabascz, and Kameron Woods to build around as well, but now in a tougher league Miller will have to continue to bring in big time players.

It is obviously no easy task replacing someone like Stevens, and there is no doubt Miller will be working the phones immediately and those will be some of his first calls without question.


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