Butler Picks Up A Pair

The Butler Bulldogs are having a good week. Brad Stevens and company picked up a pair of verbal commitments in between the evaluation periods.

Since playing for the national title in April the Butler Bulldogs have been on a roll on the recruiting trail.

First they scored 2011 standout Roosevelt Jones. Then just prior to the July evaluation period they picked up their first 2012 prospect – Kellen Dunham.

On Sunday they were back to adding players for the 2011 class.

Brad Stevens and staff received word from Greenwood (Ind.) Center Grove standout Andrew Smeathers early Sunday morning.

"I committed to Butler because it was the best fit for me," Smeathers told Scout.com. "It has a great basketball program that I can not wait to be a part of. And I know that I will enjoy all four years that I have there."

Smeathers, a 6-foot-7 post prospect, picked Butler over scholarship offers from Morehead State, Miami (Ohio) and William & Mary. Purdue and others were also beginning to show interest.

But Smeathers wasn't the only prospect the Bulldogs scooped up this week.

Australian point guard Jackson Aldridge committed to Stevens on Thursday, according to a pair of sources.

Aldridge was a member of Australia's U18 team and led them to the Albert Schweitzer Tournament championship, where they knocked off Germany. Aldridge was named to the events All-Tournament Team.

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