Three-star center Jaylen Butz is continuing to show improvement as a senior. The athletic post who is headed to DePaul has made strides with his game, and he is looking forward to helping the Blue Demons and beginning his college career.
“It has been a great start,” said Butz of his senior year. “We are a lot closer as a team this year than last year. We preached brotherhood last year, but this year we really are, and we are playing a lot better.”
Butz has always possessed significant natural talent. His length and athleticism combined with his height give him upside, and now as a senior Butz says he is focused on improving his game to be ready for college.
“I am just trying to be more physical,” said Butz. “You can always be more physical and get stronger, so that is a big thing.”
He continued, “Also I know I have to focus on playing hard on every possession. I am working on that, and also being a bit more skilled so I can step out and hit the jumper as well as score on the post. I am just trying to add as much to my game as I can.”
Butz picked the DePaul program in the fall, and with potential playing time available down low, he is looking forward to getting to the campus.
“I am definitely ready to get there,” Butz explained. “I get a text from Coach (Billy) Garrett every game. He tells me he wishes they had me there now and they are ready for me to get there.”
Butz feels that he can be in a position to contribute right away, and has high expectations for himself as a freshman.
“I expect to get there and hit the ground running,” noted Butz. “I am ready to put on weight in their strength program and just do the things that are required of me to become a starter in the Big East. I know it is a tough conference and I will have to work hard, so I am ready to do what it takes.”