After being recruited by Coach Michael Lewis last year, Elijah Brown finally decided to take a visit to Butler in January. That visit was for the game against Gonzaga, which turned out to be the best buzzer-beating win of the season in college basketball.
Brown decided to commit a few days later because of the great atmosphere in Hinkle, and his urge to return to the Midwest.
After three long months, the 6-foot 4, 190 pound Brown finally had a chance to return to Butler on Monday for his official visit.
"I got there Monday afternoon," Brown told InsideTheDawgPound. "Coach Stevens picked my mom, dad, and I up from the airport. We went to Coach's house for dinner with Andrew Smith, Kellen Dunham, coaches, and Coach Stevens' family. The next day we took a tour of campus, had a couple meetings, played open gym, and then went to eat dinner again with the coaches and Kameron Woods. Then went back to Kameron's room with Roosevelt (Jones), Andy (Smeathers), and Jackson (Aldridge). The next day I woke up and went to eat at Maxine's with Coach Lewis and Miller, and then they took me straight to the airport."
After his visit, Brown came away impressed with what he saw from the coaching staff and looks forward to getting to Indianapolis.
"Coach Stevens is a great coach, not only with X's and O's, but with managing his players as well off the court," Brown explained. "He's well respected all over the country and I can't wait to play for him. I just felt like all the coaches are able to relate to their players and they believe in the good relationships on and off the court, which is sometimes overlooked."
Brown even had some interaction with Butler's newest assistant coach, Branden Miller.
"Coach Miller was cool as well," Brown said. "It helps that he's already been a part of the Butler tradition already."
Despite leading Mater Dei (CA) High School to a 34-2 record, and an Open-Division California State Championship, Brown isn't resting on his laurels. He continues to work hard this off-season, even on his official visit.
"They brought me to Hinkle, because I asked if I could shoot that night," Brown said. "So I shot for about an hour. I love being in the gym and I know that's what it takes if you want a chance to play here at Butler, especially as a freshman."
After his visit Brown noted a couple of favorite things about his visit.
"Probably just playing open gym and hanging with the guys," Brown said. "My favorite part of campus would have to be Ross Hall (laughing). I'll be living there next year, so I liked it."
Coming off a championship season, Brown sees those results translating to the next level at Butler. He also discussed what he is looking forward to most next season at Butler.
"Next year my outlook is very positive for our team as a whole, and myself individually," Brown said. "I know I'll put myself in a position to be a key part of the team next year, as well as a leader. I'm looking forward to just getting on the court with my guys and seeing how we fit and play collectively. Specifically I'm probably most excited about playing my first game in Hinkle, in front of the fans."
Brown will join five other freshman at Butler next season. Forward Nolan Berry (MO), guard Rene Castro (MA), and forward Andrew Chrabascz (MA) will be on scholarship, while guards Michael Volovic (IN) and Steven Bennett (IN) will walk-on.