Butch sets tentative announcement date

The date of Brian Butch's announcement has finally been set. On Wednesday, October 23, fans from four schools will be in mourning while one will celebrate the commitment of the Appleton West (Wis.) 6-11 forward.

Actually, the date, which is two weeks from today, is tentative and could very well be moved up. Butch plans on calling all of the coaching staffs prior to making the announcement public at a news conference at Appleton West, so there's a good chance the news will break before the media is informed.

"He wants to do it on the 23rd, but he also wants to sit down with his parents in the next few days to make sure he is ready to make a decision by then," said West coach Greg Hartjes. "He's a bright kid and I'm sure he'll do the right thing."

Hartjes said that he's not certain if Butch will implement the same rating system he used to cut the list from eight to five. Both he and his high school coach used a point system, using eight categories, with certain ones weighted more than others.

"I don't know if he'll go through that again, because I don't know if he'll have to," Hartjes said. "I think he'll go on feel at this point."

A few of the categories that were used in the rating system were proximity, education, coaching staff, how he fits in with the other players in the program and how he fits in basketball-wise (teams that figured to play him at center lost points).

Hartjes also said that he's fairly certain that Butch has yet to come to a decision. The pair had a conversation earlier today about which state schools - UW, Marquette and Wisconsin-Green Bay - Hartjes would take his team to for a practice. Hartjes wanted to set up dates for the practices, but Butch asked if he could wait until after he makes a decision so he doesn't feel out of place going to Wisconsin and Marquette, if he chose one of the other schools.

"When he made that statement, it leads me to believe he probably hasn't made up his mind yet," added Hartjes.

Hartjes said that the news conference will likely be held either during or after school and that Butch will inform his coach this coming Monday whether the Oct. 23 date will remain firm.


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