Butch returns from UW, nears decision

Brian Butch has all the information he needs and now the Appleton West (Wis.) senior will begin the final process to make a decision.

The 6-11 Butch took his final official visit – to nearby Wisconsin – this past weekend, where he witnessed the Badgers 34-31 loss to Penn State. He is also considering North Carolina, Arizona, Kansas and Marquette.

Butch sat next to Minnesota native Kammron Taylor, who has already committed to Wisconsin, during the game and spent time over the weekend with members of the Badgers basketball team and coaching staff.

"When he first walked in and came by the student section, they had a `We Want Brian` chant going," Ritchie Davis, Butch's AAU coach, said. "But the Wisconsin people were pretty good during the game and he didn't have people all over him."

Butch flew down to Madison Friday night and returned on Sunday morning.

Davis said that it's highly unlikely Butch will make his decision in the next week, but that when he does, it will come at a news conference.

"I don't think it will happen real soon," he said. "I know he wants to take a couple of days and lock in on some academic things. He's a very studious kid and he takes pride in that. He's not going to fall off in the classroom."

Davis said that will be followed by a few days of rest and then he'll likely get together with his high school coach, Greg Hartjes, for a meeting.

"He'll talk to him and then he and I will also discuss things," Davis said. "Then he'll sit down with his mom and dad and will arrive at a decision."

Davis maintains that although many people are leaving both Kansas and Marquette out of the top three, that's not necessarily the case. He also said that David Padgett's decision to attend Kansas and Ndudi Ebi's to head to Arizona will not affect where Butch goes in the slightest bit.

"The reality is that there is no leader at this point," Davis said. "It's not a done deal to anyone."

Davis said that there's a good chance Butch will implement the same "point system" that he used in order to cut Tennessee, Stanford and Iowa from his list.

Butch ranked each school from one to eight in numerous categories and chose the five schools with the highest scores. Actually, there was a tie for fifth and Butch made the decision on his own which of those schools would be included in his final five.

"For a 17-year-old, I was pretty impressed," Davis added. "I'm not sure if he'll do that this time, though."

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