Brian Butch, Kammron Taylor Officially Commit

Brian Butch and Kammron Taylor officially became Badgers Wednesday, faxing in their letters-of-intent to the UW Basketball office. Here are Coach Bo Ryan's first official comments on Butch and Taylor.

Head coach Bo Ryan announced Wednesday that high school seniors Brian Butch and Kammron Taylor have signed national letters of intent to attend the University of Wisconsin and play basketball for the Badgers beginning in the fall of 2003.

"With Brian and Kammron we've added two young men that not only have the potential to be very good players for us, but also come from fantastic families and are outstanding students and people, "Ryan said. "Our staff did a tremendous job of evaluating and building relationships with both Kam and Brian throughout the entire process. We wish them both the best of luck as they begin their senior basketball seasons and go after their conference championships and a return trip to their respective state tournaments."

Butch, a 6-11, 215-pound forward from Appleton, Wis., averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds as a junior and was named the AP State Player of the Year. He led Appleton West to a 21-3 record, the Fox Valley Association Championship and an appearance in the 2002 Division I State Tournament. In addition to being named state player of the year, Butch was the Fox Valley Association Most Valuable Player and a first-team all-conference honoree.

"We are elated to have Brian and his family join our Badger Basketball family," Ryan said. "Brian brings a wealth of potential to our front line. His tremendous basketball IQ, passing abilities, and ability to stretch defenses make him a special player. Brian has the ability to play the power forward position and utilize his strengths in what we do offensively by being able to play both inside and outside. What separates him from others is the passion with which he plays and his work ethic. He is continuously striving to improve his game and make his teammates better. If Brian keeps progressing and improving like he has, Badger fans are in for some exciting times in the future."

Taylor, a 6-2, 175-pound guard from Minneapolis, Minn., led Minneapolis North to a 24-7 record and a berth in the 2002 Minnesota Class 3A State semifinals. He averaged 21 points and five assists in being named first-team city conference.

"Kammron brings savvy and court awareness to our backcourt, "Ryan said. "He is a true point guard but also shoots the ball well enough to play the two if needed. He has an uncanny ability to make his teammates better simply by his leadership and presence. Kam is extremely quick with the ball and can put pressure on opposing defenses because he is multi-dimensional. Probably the first characteristic that caught our attention a few years ago was his competitiveness and refusal to lose. Now the rest of his game has continued to rise to that level. We've enjoyed our relationship with Kam and his family and are happy they've joined our family as Badgers. We are extremely excited and are positive Wisconsin fans will enjoy seeing Kammron in a Badger uniform."

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