Butler Signs Two During Early Signing Period

Butler signed two prospects during the first signing period in forwards Kelan Martin and Tyler Wideman.

INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - Butler University and head coach Brandon Miller announced the signing of two prospects during the early signing period in the class of 2014. The Bulldogs received NLIs from forward Tyler Wideman, Saint John (IN) Lake Central, and forward Kelan Martin, Louisville (KY) Ballard.

"One of the things that we've tried to prioritize in the class of 2014 was recruiting talented kids who have won, who will be great teammates and who fit our program,"head coach Brandon Miller said in a statement. "Both Kelan and Tyler come from well-coached, successful programs and they fit that mold. We are excited to be adding Kelan and Tyler and we think they will continue in the long line of outstanding Butler student-athletes as members of our basketball program."

Wideman committed to the Bulldogs back in July and was Miller's first commitment in the class of 2014. The 6-foot 7 forward played for the Meanstreets AAU program and made an impression on the staff during the spring and summer. Wideman averaged 15 points and 8.5 rebounds last season at Lake Central.

"Tyler is a physical presence on both ends of the floor," Miller said. "He is extremely skilled for his size, and as a result, can affect the game in a number of different ways. We are really excited about his continued growth as a player and the impact he will have in our program.

Wideman had other offers from Bradley, Indiana State, Northern Illinois, Kent State, and Central Michigan. He also had interest from Xavier, Purdue, Michigan State, and MIchigan.

Martin committed to the Bulldogs more recently in October. The talented Kentucky-native plays for Indiana Elite and showed off his impressive scoring ability throughout the summer. Martin scored 19.1 points and grabbed 10.2 rebounds last season at Ballard.

"Kelan has a tremendous knack for scoring the basketball," Miller said in a statement. "He is effective on the perimeter or inside, depending on match-ups. As a result of his size, he has great versatility. We are thrilled about his ability to change the game on the offensive end of the floor."

Both Martin and Wideman earned spots on their state's Junior All-Star teams and look forward to impressive senior campaigns this season. They are also both rated a 3-star prospects on FOXSportsNext.


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