There was some doubt that Butler would be able to real in a high-profile recruit after Brandon Miller took over for former head coach Brad Stevens this summer. However, that was put to rest after the new Butler head coach picked up a commitment from Louisville (KY) Ballard forward Kelan Martin this week.
Martin was Butler's latest commitment after he took an official visit this past weekend. Coach Miller and the staff followed up that visit with an in-home meeting with Martin, where he revealed to the coaching staff that he was going to end his recruitment and become a Bulldog.
Attributes - 6'6" 210 lbs
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On the Court Impact - Martin will bring something to the court next season that the Bulldogs will be needing this season as well - scoring. The Bulldogs need to find playmakers as they enter the new Big East and Martin is definitely one of them. He is a natural scorer of the basketball. His length and strength allows him to get to the basketball while driving, but he also possesses a solid jump shot, which he can extend beyond the 3-point line.
If you look at the roster when he arrives on campus, Butler will have Kellen Dunham, Roosevelt Jones, and Elijah Brown as their primary scorers. Martin will take pressure off these other players and provide Brandon Miller with another option.
Recruiting Impact - The Bulldogs have been searching for a big impact recruit during the class of 2014. The Bulldogs have had many high profile recruits consider Butler, but no one has pulled the trigger.
That changed with Martin.
Martin gives the coaching staff a big win on the recruiting trail beating out a number of high major programs including Texas Tech, Providence, West Virginia, Tennessee and high level mid-majors like St. Louis, VCU, and Richmond.
The Kentucky-native also gives Butler a solid piece to build around in the class of 2014. Other big-time players want to play with great players and Martin gives Butler another chip on their shoulder on the recruiting trail. The Bulldogs continue to pursue top-100 wing Trevon Bluiett as well as a number of guard prospects to compliment Martin and fellow 2014 commitment Tyler Wideman.
Expert Analysis - Scout National Recruiting Analyst Brian Snow on the Martin commitment.
"I think this is a good commitment for Butler. Kelan can really score. He has good at putting the ball in the basket as nearly any forward. He struggles on the defensive end but will improve with focus in college in that regard.
"Bottom line is he can flat out get buckets and is a very unique player who should fit in well."