Butch returns from Chapel Hill

There are few kids who have done a better job at keeping everyone guessing than Brian Butch.

The Appleton West (Wis.) senior just returned from his official visit to Chapel Hill and had nothing but positive things to say about the trip. However, the 6-11, 220-pound big man has never said anything negative about any of the schools recruiting him, so it's basically a guessing game as to where he'll end up.

"It was definitely a great visit," Butch said. "It was great to be able to hang out with the guys. That was the biggest thing for me."

Butch isn't usually one for the glitz and glamour, but even he was impressed with the private jet that took him to Chapel Hill.

"It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to do something like that," said Butch, whose parents and sister also went to Chapel Hill, but weren't allowed to travel on the jet due to NCAA rules. "It was just me and the pilot. It was an experience I won't forget."

Butch was hosted on his trip by another Midwestern kid, freshman Sean May, and he also got a chance to play pickup with most of the current Tar Heels players.

"I was a little nervous at first," Butch said. "I didn't play like I usually do and I think it was because I was pretty nervous."

Two future Tar Heels were also present, as commitments Reyshawn Terry and JamesOn Curry came up for the weekend.

"It seemed like he was having a good time. He hung out with Sean a lot," Curry said. "He played pickup with the guys. He went up against Sean, so it was tough for him. But Sean is gonna be tough for anyone because he's so physical."

Butch admitted he clicked well with most of the players on the team, but also said that was the case at all three schools he's visited thus far – Arizona, Marquette and North Carolina. He was also impressed with the sizes of the classes after attending one while on his visit.

"They love their basketball down there (at Chapel Hill)," Butch added. "You're a god there."

Butch's AAU coach Ritchie Davis said, "He really liked it a lot. He said he got a lot out of it. He got a chance to talk to the players and ask some of the questions he wanted to get answered. He said he had a good time."

Butch will take an official visit to Kansas this weekend and finish up his trips the following weekend with a short drive to Madison, Wis.

The ovation he got from the student section at Saturday's game against UT was impressive, though it will likely pale in comparison to what he'll receive when he walks out for the Wisconsin game against Penn State on Oct. 5.

"It was crazy," Butch said of the reaction from the UNC fans. "I'd say it was the biggest ovation I've ever gotten for myself, but we got a pretty good one as a team when we went to the state tournament last year."

As for a leader, Butch didn't just hold back from divulging who's in front. He was adamant about it.

"I honestly don't have any idea right now," he said.

Davis said, "I really don't think he has any idea where he wants to go yet. He's never lied to me before and he told me that he really isn't sure right now. Right now he's focusing on learning as much as he can about each school and after he visits Wisconsin, he'll take some time and sort everything out."

"Distance is not a factor," added Davis. "He'll be the first to tell you that. Everyone around here is predicting Wisconsin."

Not only are those in-state predicting Butch to Wisconsin, but they're making every effort to ensure the star center chooses the Badgers.

As Davis was leaving the Appleton mall today, he saw a Wisconsin football helmet hanging from the antenna on his car.

Related Links:
IC's Brian Butch profile


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