Butler Closing In On Decision

Bloomfield Tech is going to have two Big East signees this year. It's basically inevitable as Desean Butler has his field trimmed to a tight list of two.

Bloomfield Tech center Casiem Drummond committed to Villanova a few months ago. That commitment, combined with the fact that teammate Desean Butler has narrowed his focus two DePaul and West Virginia ensures that head coach Nick Mariniello will have two Big East signees on his roster this season.

Butler, a 6-foot-6 wing, made his decision easier on himself when he trimmed his finalists to a pair.

"Desean is down to West Virginia and DePaul or DePaul and West Virginia," Mariniello said. "He went to West Virginia on an unofficial. DePaul came in last Monday and West Virginia came in last Wednesday."

All that remains for Butler is to take a trip to DePaul, which is coming up. "He's going out to DePaul on the 27th for his unofficial visit," Mariniello said.

Last season, Butler put in 16 points and 9 rebounds at Tech. His game works well at both of the schools he's targeted. "He's not a sexy name or a sexy get, but he's got a ton of upside and he hasn't grown into his body," Mariniello said.

"I think they're both excellent coaches and I think what it comes down to is his comfort going to school on a campus or going to school in more of a city style campus. I think he can play right away at both places and I think he can play multiple positions at both places. He'll have success at either place."

At this point, the high school coach just wants his player to be able to make a decision on his own terms. With the Blue Demons and the Mountaineers recruiting many of the same players, Mariniello said he'd like for Butler to reach a decision by early October.

"I want him to be able pick where he wants to go and not because the school makes another decision. I think the domino effect is going to start happening."

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