Jaylen Butz Wraps up Summer, Looks Ahead

Going into the month of July, power forward Jaylen Butz was listed as one of the biggest potential sleepers in the 2017 recruiting class by Scout.com.

Coming out of the July evaluation period, Butz lived up to that billing as he picked up new interest from Arkansas along with a trio of Big 10 schools – Indiana, Minnesota, and Purdue.

That was evident by the number of coaches watching Butz from the sidelines during the GRBA National event last weekend in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Coaches from Arkansas, DePaul, Indiana, and Purdue all flocked to see the 6-9, 200 lb. forward and his Spiece Indy Heat teammates win the GRBA championship.

Butz, who stars for Fort Wayne North Side High School, has scholarship offers in hand from Ball State, Cleveland State, DePaul, Indiana State, IUPUI, Kent State, Oakland, Toledo, and UIC.

Butz took an unofficial visit to DePaul last month and plans on being back in Lincoln Park for another unofficial visit in August.

“It’s definitely a great program,” Jaylen said of the Blue Demons.  “My friend Justin Roberts committed there.  So, if I did go there, that’s something that will help me, just having somebody around I know.  It’s a good program. I like it a lot.  They have a new stadium being built. The coaching staff is great. It’s definitely a good spot.”

Jaylen is an athletic forward who counts running the floor among his biggest strengths.    

“Definitely, being able to run the floor,” said Butz.  “Guys who are guarding me aren’t as fast as me.  Just rebounding, staying around the rim and being active around the rim is definitely something that helps me.”

While Butz plays well on the interior, he’d like to improve on his shooting.

“I definitely like to shoot a lot better,” said Jaylen. “I’d like to show coaches that I can step out and knock the shot down. Just being a lot more stronger and physical, playing hard all the time.  That’s definitely something I’d like to work on.”

Now that the July live period is over, Butz would like to focus on upcoming visits.

“I’m just planning on taking some visits and then decide where I want to go.”

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