What it Means: McDermott to Butler

2015 guard Sean McDermott committed to Butler on Friday, as first reported by AllHoosiers.com. What does it mean for Indiana's search for a shooter in 2015?

Sean McDermott, a 2015 guard from Pendleton Heights, committed to Butler on Friday night, as was first reported by AllHoosiers.com.

McDermott is a 6-foot-6 shooter who fits a similar mold to current Butler guard Kellen Dunham, who also played at Pendleton Heights.

Indiana recruited both Dunham and McDermott, but both made fairly early decisions before Indiana had offered. Dunham committed just days after receiving an offer from Brad Stevens, and McDermott waited little more than a week after earning an offer from Brandon Miller.

So what does it mean for Indiana? Well, Tom Crean and his staff have been looking at a number of different shooting options in the 2015 class, and McDermott was one of them. They are also still in the process of scouting Carmel's Ryan Cline, who is a similar size to McDermott and also excels from beyond the arc.

I personally thought McDermott was the better of the two players, but he's now off the board.

Now, Indiana does not necessarily need a shooter in the 2015 class, so its entirely possible Crean won't offer Cline or any other shooting specialist in the class. IU is bringing in one of the best shooting classes in the country in 2014, and guys like James Blackmon Jr., Robert Johnson and Max Hoetzel still figure to be around a year from now.

It's certainly an interesting decision from McDermott to commit so early, especially since Butler was his first major offer. He was just getting fully healthy after dealing with a staph infection that kept him out much of the high school season, and he undoubtedly would have picked up more offers by the end of the summer.


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