Franklin Visits Butler

2015 guard Donovan Franklin visited Butler last week after hearing from the Bulldogs recently.

INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - After picking up two verbal commitments under a month ago, Butler continues to work to finish the class of 2015 off strongly. The Bulldogs are looking to further upgrade their roster for the Big East.

The latest prospect to visit Indianapolis is 2015 combo guard Donovan Franklin.

Franklin helped lead O'Fallon (IL) High School to a 16-12 mark this past season and he looks to attract more attention and opportunities this summer playing with the St. Louis Eagles.

"I see myself as a combo guard," Franklin said. "I can play the one, two, or three. I can bring the ball up. I'm a playmaker. I can score the ball on all three levels. I need to get stronger and get in the weight room, I have been doing lately and I need to get faster. Overall I have a smooth game. I'm a big guard."

The 6-foot 5, 185 pound guard has received interest from a number of schools including San Jose State, Butler, Missouri, Illinois State, Valpo, Northern Illinois, Southern Illinois, and Purdue. He currently holds one offer from the Salukis.

Franklin decided to take a visit to Butler after hearing from Coach Terry Johnson for the first time.

"Coach Johnson gave my coach a call and then he called me," Franklin told InsideTheDawgPound. "We had a conversation on the phone and he said that he wanted me to visit, so I did."

Franklin had a busy schedule on his quick, day-visit to Butler, but came away impressed with everything he saw.

"We watched Roosevelt Jones workout," Franklin said. "They showed me the academic classes, they showed me Hinkle, its under construction right now. I think it is going to be great. It is already a great gym already, but I can tell it is even going to be better. We went to his (Coach Miller) office and we talked about how in July they want to come see me before they offer me. They want to see me play because all they have of me is film from my school."

Not only did Franklin like Hinkle Fieldhouse, but he had quality interactions with head coach Brandon Miller and the coaching staff.

"I feel like they were great," Franklin said. "They showed me a lot of love. They told me a lot about the history of the school. I like them."

Franklin was also able to reunite with his friend Roosevelt Jones, who attended the same high school as the junior guard.

"He just said it is a great experience,"Franklin said of Jones' comments about Butler. "He didn't want to really tell me too much, because he wants to have me make the decision on my own. He tells me its a great school."

Franklin still has a way to go in his recruitment, as he would like to take more visits as he garners more interest. As he begins to narrow his list he does know what he is looking for.

"I'm looking for a good coaching staff, a good environment. I'm looking for a good team, a brotherhood."

Butler currently has two commitments in the class of 2015, wing Sean McDermott (IN) and center Nate Fowler (OH).


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