Preview: Martin Visits Butler

Butler is currently hosting an official visit from 3-star forward Kelan Martin. InsideTheDawgPound takes a look at the visit

Indianapolis - Butler is set to host its most important visitor yet this summer in 3-star forward Kelan Martin.

The Louisville (KY) Ballard forward has offers from Butler, Providence, Xavier, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Auburn, and a few mid-majors. He also had interest from the likes of Creighton, Minnesota, Tennessee.

The Bulldogs have hosted two official visitors thus far in shooting guards Adonys Henriquez and J.P. Macura. Each wound up passing on Butler and committing to another school. Those near misses this off-season have made this official visit for Martin that much more important.

Martin recently narrowed his search to St. Louis, Butler and Texas Tech. He took an unofficial visit to St. Louis last weekend, is visiting Butler this weekend, and plans to visit Texas Tech next weekend. While Martin and his family have stated they are open to waiting until the spring, he could make a decision at anytime if he finds the right fit.

What would a commitment mean for Butler?

The Bulldogs have had some big targets in the class of 2014 including Trey Lyles, Chris Chiozza, Macura, Malek Harris and a few others. For one reason or another Butler fell off with each recruit and they were not able to reel any of them into committing to Butler.

Martin would get the ball rolling for Butler as we approach the early signing period in November. With a commitment from Martin, Butler could sell playing with another talented wing to 4-star Indianapolis (IN) Park Tudor wing Trevon Bluiett, who recently decommitted from UCLA. Butler could then focus on signing another guard.

Martin would not only provide Coach Miller and the Butler staff with momentum in the class of 2014, but also give them a solid fit both on and off the court. He was impressive during the spring and summer AAU circuit and showed the versatility and athleticism to excel at the highest level including in the Big East.

Getting a commitment from Martin would be the first big recruiting win in the class of 2014. While Butler has one commitment from center/forward Tyler Wideman, they didn't face much resistance in the form of multiple power-conference offers.


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