Butler off to good start with '16 class

After a tumultuous start to the 2016 recruiting cycle, Chris Holtmann and the Butler staff have gotten off to an impressive start with two quality commitments and a major transfer.

No matter how you slice it the class of 2016 is a key one for the Butler Bulldogs. Butler has had three head coaches in the last 24 months, and with that there has been attrition and a lack of continuity on the recruiting trail. Add in the impending loss of two all-Big East caliber players, and there was no doubt that the Bulldogs needed a big class.

Already things are starting off very well. Chris Holtmann and his staff have done a tremendous job to land two priority recruits early on the heels of landing George Washington transfer Kethan Savage who will have one year to play starting in 2016.

With the commitment of Howard Washington on Tuesday, Butler now has commitments from a high three-star and No. 25 point guard in the class in Washington as well as four-star center and No. 94 overall in the country Joey Brunk.

This is especially key considering the Bulldogs couldn’t entirely attack on the recruiting trail during the fall due to the state of limbo they were in at the head coaching spot.

Now Butler has added much needed shooting in Washington, and big time size with the ability to score in Brunk. Savage is also a proven double-figure scorer who brings athleticism and should step in right away and start.

With two senior guards in front of him in the form of NC State transfer Tyler Lewis as well as Savage, it is unlikely that Washington will be able to challenge for a starting spot as a freshman, he should play a valuable role backing up both guard spots his first year on campus before stepping in and starting as a sophomore.

Brunk will give Butler immediate size and rebounding on the low post combined with the ability to score down low and hit shots from the mid-range.

These three players will give Butler a lot to build around as they look to add more to its backcourt, especially players who are either big time shooters or that bring athleticism. On the list for Butler is Kamar Baldwin, Eron Gordon, Lindy Waters, Jarron Cumberland, and Robert Baker amongst others.

Look for Butler to try and add at least two more players in this class before focusing on 2017 where they already have the pledge of three-star small forward David Caraher.

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