Over the years, DePaul Head Coach Jerry Wainwright and Assistant Coach Gary DeCesare have made some strong contact with recruits that have lasted. One impressionable youngster who took a liking to them is Desean Butler, a 6'7" 205 pound wing forward from Newark, New Jersey. Butler is a recruit to keep an eye on, and much of the Big East conference has their eye on him.
DePaul is one of those teams. "I've known Coach DeCesare and Coach Wainwright for a long time. So when they told me they were going to DePaul and DePaul was moving to the Big East, I was like, that would be a good situation for me to try," said Butler.
What about other Big East teams? "No favorites but I do have West Virginia, Georgetown, Rutgers, Seton Hall and DePaul," Butler added as he rounded out his top 5. As for visits, he has already been to Seton Hall and Rutgers unofficially but does have DePaul, West Virginia, and Georgetown lined up officially for visits in the fall.
How does Butler see himself fitting in at DePaul? "I've watched them play. I know Diener is a real good shooter," remarked Desean. "I watch them play and I think I have a similar game to him, and I think I can spread the offense. But the way the offense was run when he (Wainwright) was at Richmond, it worked pretty well. Everybody runs it well, the players and everything. And everybody can pretty much play the same position. There's the versatility and everything. I like the way they play."
Most of Butler's schools are located on the eastern seaboard, so what draws Butler most to DePaul? "Right now, the coaches, I like the coaches," stated Desean. "I've got a real good relationship with the coaches. I have known them for a real long time." Butler added, "I know Coach Gary, because Coach Gary knows my coach. We knew him for a long time. But Coach Wainwright is a cool dude. I have known him since my sophomore year. He's been coming to my games and I talk to him after games and we've got a real good relationship."
When watching Butler play, he doesn't dazzle you. He's solid as you get and you get a little bit of everything from him. When asked to assess his game Butler concurs. "My strength is I can do a lot of everything," assured Desean. "Like, if you need someone to handle the ball, I handle the ball. If you need someone to shoot, I'll shoot. Rebound, block shots, whatever you need." Butler indeed is a jack of all trades but in order to fully realize his potential he'll need to get more assertive.
Butler is one of the couple of wings Wainwright has an eye on, and Butler has his mind set on the Big East. We'll see how it plays out. Keep it right here to WeAreDepaul.com for updates.
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