Indianapols - Butler and it's coaching staff recently returned to the United States after their team trip to Australia. They quickly hit the recruiting trail upon returning and have started to make connections with a few key recruits. Here is the latest recruiting buzz.
LaChance Visiting Thursday
Butler currently has one commitment in the class of 2014 and they continue their search for more commitments. The Bulldogs have a talented combo guard visiting this Thursday in Riley LaChance.
The Brookfield (WI) Central guard recently told InsideTheDawgPound that he cut Gonzaga from his list after the commitment of Josh Perkins. Shortly after cutting his list to seven, LaChance scheduled his unofficial visit to Indianapolis.
It's a key visit for the coaching staff as they have made up a lot of ground in LaChance's recruitment, but were late in offering compared to a few other schools.
LaChance has already taken an official visit to Creighton, who is said to be one of his favorites at this point, and has another official visit scheduled to Xavier for September 13.
If Butler can impress LaChance this Thursday, Butler could find itself in good position. They would be getting an official visit later in the fall and could have the last word in LaChance's recruitment.
Fleming Reconnects with Butler
One prospect that the coaching staff reconnected with this week is shooting guard Andrew Fleming.
The Nashville (TN) Ensworth High School guard hadn't heard from Butler in a few weeks and was anxious to hear from them again.
Coach Terry Johnson ended the lack of contact with Fleming on Sunday as the talented St. Louis Eagles guard had a great conversation with Johnson. While no offer was extended at this point, Fleming says Johnson will visit Nashville in the next couple of weeks to see how the 6-foot 5 guard is progressing.
With the gap in contact, Butler certainly has ground to make up. Vanderbilt and Florida are leading the charge in his recruitment, but if Butler offers things could change for Fleming.
Butler only has offers out to two wing players in 2015 in Aaron Jordan (IL) and Malcolm Evans (NJ). The Bulldogs have no commitments in the class of 2015.
Big Weekend for Bluiett
Bluiett is just one of a few big prospects that are visiting UCLA this weekend. Also slated to visit Westwood are Louisville (KY) Ballard guard Quentin Snider and Minneapolis (MN) De La Salle forward Reid Travis.
UCLA burst onto the scene for Bluiett when they hired his former high school coach at Park Tudor, Ed Schilling. Schilling has built a great relationship with Bluiett and the Bruins made his top 7.
It would be a big move to the west coast for Bluiett and his family which is one of the hurdles that they have to overcome this weekend. Word from people close to the situation is that there is a slight hesitation for his family to relocate to Los Angeles. If the Bluiett's can get comfortable in California, it may be hard for the Bruins to be beat.
We are still hearing that this is more of a four team race at this point with Michigan, UCLA, Butler, and Xavier getting the highest consideration.