Keith Butler Interview

There is no leader for Keith Butler, but that's because he hasn't seen Chapel Hill yet.

The 7-footer, who is at Celestial Prep (Pa.) after transferring from North Cambridge Catholic (Mass.), has already been to all four of his other finalists – Illinois, Temple, Cincinnati and Miami. However, he will head to see the Miami campus again next weekend because he didn't get a good look the first time down there when he was with his mother.

"I'm not going to make a decision before I visit all the schools," said Butler. "UNC will probably be right there (with the other schools) as soon as I go down for the visit. It's still right up there, but I need to see the school."

Butler will get that chance on Thursday night when he'll fly from Pennsylvania to Chapel Hill after his classes end. He'll stay until Saturday and will be in attendance for the annual Blue White game.

Things have begun to heat up for Butler since he finally landed at Celestial, where he will try and get the grades in order to become eligible his freshman season. He already has an 840 on the SAT, but the senior big man missed a good portion of school a few years back when his father died and needs to make up some classes.

Butler went to Illinois last weekend and has also seen Temple get into the mix since he transferred to the Philadelphia prep school.

"Illinois is a college campus and I like both the coaches and the program," Butler said. "All it takes is some hard work and I'd be in the starting lineup right away."

"Temple didn't know I was coming to school here and then they really became interested," added Butler. "I like coach Chaney a lot. It's a school that's well-known and I'd start right away."

While Butler is very mild-mannered and doesn't get overly emotional when speaking of any of his visits, one thing is clear: Immediate playing time is the priority.

And while no one school has vaulted to the top, three have separated themselves in Butler's mind in terms of making an impact right away.

"Probably Temple and Cincinnati are the two schools I can come right in," he said. "Illinois, too."

Butler plans to make his decision shortly after getting back from Miami, but he doesn't feel much pressure.

"I feel comfortable with all the schools right now," added Butler. "I really do like all of them and that's why they are the final five. It's really evened off for now."


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