INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - With the early signing period for the Class of 2015 well in the rearview mirror, many schools have begun to focus on the future and the Class of 2016 and 2017. One player that has seen his stock continue to rise over the past month is 2017 small forward David Caraher.
The 6-foot-5, 195 pound forward currently has offers from Houston Baptist, Charlotte, Appalachian State and Radford. While Stanford, Cornell, Clemson, Wake Forest, Butler, and Virginia have shown interest as well.
More and more teams continue to express interest in the Chapel Hill (NC) High School standout as his high school season continues. He has helped lead the Tigers to an 8-3 start averaging an impressive 19 points, 16 rebounds, and 6 assists per game.
Growing up in Chapel Hill, Caraher has followed a few programs including Duke and Butler. Two schools that met in the 2010 Championship Game, and also schools he would love to receive offers from.
"Always watched Butler growing up," Caraher said. "So I have always wanted a Butler offer. People have always compared me to Gordon Hayward. As well as Duke. That has been a dream living so close to the campus."
Despite just getting started with his recruitment, Caraher has clear, defined criteria that his landing spot should meet.
"First, academics because I really take pride in it and my education is important having a 4.3 GPA," Caraher explained. "Second is the relationship with the coaches and the players. Then the conference they play in, because I want to play on TV and always have competitive games night in and night out. The area you play in at home because I want to play in an exciting atmosphere and have a great fan base. And I want substance over style. A place that fits me and where I can come in and make an impact from the start."
Caraher has started to take unofficial visits to schools across the country in order to narrow his list and help figure out which school meet his criteria.
"I have visited Clemson, Wake, Charlotte, Davidson and am going to visit Virginia, Appalachian State, and Marquette and maybe Cornell and Creighton this spring."
Another school that Caraher recently visited at the end of December was Butler.
"Butler is recruiting me hard," Caraher said. "I did get up on campus in December. I stayed for 4 days and saw multiple practices, a game, and met everyone on the staff and all the players."
The trip to Indianapolis left an impression on the talented forward.
"Really loved Butler," Caraher said. "Hinkle was one of a kind. The fans were some of the best in the country and I liked the small town feel and knowing its a basketball school. The players took me in as one of their own and made me feel at home."
A couple of familiar faces at Butler that made Caraher feel more comfortable in Indianapolis were North Carolina State transfer and Butler redshirt sophomore Tyler Lewis as well as head coach Chris Holtmann. Lewis and his family have had a relationship with Caraher having grown up close to each other in North Carolina while Holtmann has spent a lot of time recruiting Caraher.
"Coach Holtmann has handled all of my recruiting personally. I love him as a coach and as a person. He really knows the game well and really has a great bond with his players and coaches. He has everyone's respect and he is a great motivator. Love his demeanor."
The Bulldog coaching staff will visit Chapel Hill to see Caraher, who is currently rated as a 3-star prospect by Scount, and the Tigers in action on January 7th.
Butler currently has no commitments in the Class of 2016 or 2017.