Last season former Dorman standout Zach Butler played at Genesis Academy in Virginia and he'll now take his talents to Florida to play for Oldsmar Christian which is ranked in the preseason Top 20 next season and is a known national power. Along the way Butler has picked up a few more offers and is starting to generate more interest from new schools as more eyes are on him. We caught up with him for an update this past week.
As we said last year Butler played in Virginia with Genesis Academy where the competition level was tougher as they play against national level teams regularly. We asked him how he enjoyed the experience running with a new team?
"It was a great experience for me. I wasn't really used to everyone on the team being on the same level, so I can say that it challenged me as well. It helped my competitiveness because I had teammates to help me and coaches to push me as well."
Since his freshman season at Dorman we asked Butler what areas of his game he felt improved the most to this point after his season at Genesis Academy?
"I improved on staying low with the ball, my jump shot, and getting my ballhandling a lot tighter."
The 2017 prospect also experienced a pretty substantial growth spurt as he now stands nearly 6'4.
"Yes I can say it was a little difficult for me because I have been playing a lot of games and that was hard on my knees. It was taken my game to greater heights because now I have the ability to shoot easier over smaller defenders. My doctor thinks I may have another inch or two to grow still."
Butler is running with the Upward Stars Southeast AAU program and he talked about how things have gone thus far early on in the season for them.
"It has been okay so far. Dealing with these growing pains have been difficult for me but I know I will have a better July."
As we mentioned before Butler has picked up a few more offers to go with his first offer which came from UNC-Wilmington. Hofstra and Murray State are the latest programs to extend him a scholarship offer but they aren't the only ones who are actively in the mix as of late he says.
The 2017 prospect wants to hit some elite camps that he's been invited to and he said he'll try to attend some but he isn't sure which ones as of yet. Wake Forest and East Carolina have already extended those invitations to him.
Last week when we talked to him Butler gave us his early thoughts on the new school he'll be attending and playing for.
"Well when I visited Oldsmar a few weeks ago, I got to workout with the guys, and get a tour of the school. The guys were really cool and I fit right in with everyone. Another new guy coming to Oldsmar next year is a top player named Troy Baxter. We have tweeted back and forth and I am looking forward to playing with my new teammates.
Butler has now already moved to Florida to being working out and playing with his Oldsmar Christian teammates and he talked about what he's learned about them and done with them so far.
The 2017 prospect broke down what he's looking for when evaluating colleges that could be his destination when it comes time to make a decision.
"I'm looking for a school that has my major, good academics, and a pretty good basketball tradition."
We'll continue to track the former Dorman standout as he continues to play on a national stage level to try and secure more scholarship offers during the next two seasons.
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