INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - Just days after Butler got the ball rolling in the class of 2015 with a commitment from 3-star big man Nate Fowler, the Bulldogs were at it once again in 2015 as fast rising shooting guard Sean McDermott has chosen Butler.
"I had recently been talking to coach Miller quite a bit," McDermott told InsideTheDawgPound. "I just called him today and we were talking about the new commitment in my grade (Nate Fowler) and then I just kind of told him that that's what I was calling to talk to him about and that I wanted to be a Bulldog and it felt like the right fit.
While it has been a difficult year for the Pendleton Heights junior, McDermott consistently had a connection with Butler and found his perfect fit.
"I went through a severe staph infection this year during my high school season, so I didn't get to play much and missed most of the year," McDermott explained. "They saw me a little bit when they came out to Kansas City during the open period and said they liked what they saw.
I like how they play. The offense they run. How they compete. They want to win every possession, that's what I like. Then obviously the coaches. They really recruited me hard and worked with me to fit in my schedule, when to get me over there. They have really worked with me. I just like everything about it. It just feels like the right place for me."
As the open period began, McDermott hit his stride and has continued to improve.
"Obviously I'm shooting it well, that is my biggest strength - shooting," McDermott said. "I feel like my game is improving overall. I've been rebounding better, defending better, attacking the basket better. Creating for my teammates when I do attack the basket. I'm drawing the defender and kicking out to open teammates. I'm improving my strength more and everything is coming along. The continued focus is to continue getting better so that when I do get to Butler I can make an impact.
The 6-foot 6 guard chose Butler over offers from UNC-Wilmington, Illinois State, Indiana State, New Orleans and UNC Greensboro. He also had interest from Indiana, Xavier, Purdue, Nebraska, Clemson, and Creighton.
One of the reasons that Butler had a leg up was the success of Pendleton Heights alum Kellen Dunham.
"Obviously Kellen and I are a lot like each other," McDermott said. "He is obviously a great shooter. He can create his own shot really well. He just impacts the game on both ends of the floor and I feel like I do that too. Really a player I try and model myself after.
While some may have thought that McDermott wanted to create his own path, due to similarities with Dunham, but that wasn't the case.
"I really like Kellen as a person," McDermott explained. "He's always been there for me. When I was in the hospital he came and saw me. He talks about how much he likes Butler. How much he enjoys the school and basketball there. That is also something that helped with me making a decision."
Butler currently has two commitments in the class of 2015. McDermott joins center Nate Fowler from Cincinnati (OH) Moeller High School.