Butler Backs Out, But Bearcats Add Guard

Things are moving rapidly at Cincinnati. Rumors began swirling on Monday that then-committed guard Jamar Butler was having second thoughts about the Bearcats. By Tuesday night, Cincinnati and Butler essentially parted ways.

According to our sources, Butler and the UC coaching staff spoke Tuesday night and the guard made it clear that he would like to visit Ohio State and Clemson, in addition to Cincinnati. At that point, things took a dramatic turn.

The Bearcats, not wanting to wait around for Butler, offered a scholarship to last year's Mr. Basketball in Georgia, Vincent Banks. Yes, the same Vincent Banks that was at one time ticketed for Miami, but did not qualify and will spend this season at Laurinburg Prep.

Banks wasted little time in accepting the scholarship and committed to Cincinnati shortly after receiving the offer. Banks finished up ranked No. 73 in our final 2003 Top 100. The Bearcats became ultra-interested in him when he rained jumpers at the adidas Texas Classic in April.

Back to Butler.

Another source has indicated that Ohio State now stands as the school to beat for Butler. His AAU teammate, Matt Terwilliger, picked OSU over Cincinnati and Notre Dame before the start of the July recruiting period.

Recruiting buffs are well aware of the fact that Butler had been committed to UC for a very long time. Cincinnati had shaped its entire recruiting plan around him since his commitment. However, in a unique twist, things just might turn out alright for the Bearcats.

Enter Isaiah Swann.

The Hargrave guard is UC's top target at this point; this much we know by the sheer number of games Huggins attended in July. Originally thought to be a shooting guard, Swann displayed a revamped ability to play the point this summer (we noted many times in our July updates how he was making positive steps in the position transition).

To recap: Jamar Butler, according to sources, is interested in visiting Ohio State and Clemson. The Buckeyes, who have been searching for a point guard since the end of the high school season, could wind up being a beneficiary of the de-commitment.

Meanwhile, Cincinnati plugged Butler's spot on the roster with Vincent Banks and continues to pursue Isaiah Swann as its top backcourt target.

All this in one day? Who said August was a good month for a vacation?

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