Three-star big man Jaylen Butz had a solid summer with Spiece Indy Heat. Playing a supporting role on one of the best teams in the Nike EYBL, Butz flashed some major potential with his length and athleticism, and now some visits have been set up on the recruiting trail.
“It was definitely a good summer for me,” said Butz. “The competition level in the EYBL was something that will help me up in the long run. It was a good summer for the development of my game.”
On the recruiting trail Butz says that he now has three official visits set.
“I have three officials coming up,” noted Butz. “I go to DePaul September 3, Ball State September 10, and then the last week of September I have Indiana State. Also I have been hearing a lot from Oakland, Coach Crean from Indiana is talking to me some, and Kansas State called me (Monday).”
DePaul is one of the schools that has been in there with Butz the longest, and he likes what the program can be.
“I like the program they have,” said Butz of DePaul. “I know they haven’t won a ton recently, but I feel like they could build with me. Also Justin Roberts is going there and I’ve played with him since fourth grade, so it is a program I’m very interested in.”
Probably the school that has recruited Butz the hardest is Ball State, and he likes how the Cardinals have improved a lot recently.
“They are looking to finish up their re-building process,” said Butz of Ball State. “They are looking to build it up and add me in the mix and make the team more dominant. Also they were my first offer so that is always special.”
When it comes to Indiana State, he said, “The coaches say they like my game a lot. They want to put me in the stretch four position and let me step out and shoot. They want to help me improve.”
At this point Butz has no specific timeframe for a decision, but he does know what he is looking for in a program.
“I just want to see what guys they have, how things are with the school and majors for me, stuff like that,” said Butz. “Also I want to be comfortable with the coaching staff and somewhere that I’m treated like family, not just a player.”