DePaul Lands Their Second 2017 Commitment

By Roy & Harv Schmidt

October 6, 2016

1:00 P.M. CST

Having had numerous front court prospects from the 2017 class on campus for official visits over the past month, DePaul head coach Dave Leitao and his staff were confident that they could ultimately come away with their second commitment from among that group.  Their hunches proved to be right on the money, as 6'9 power forward Jaylen Butz from Northside High School in Fort Wayne, IN has verballed to Leitao and DePaul. 

Butz ended up choosing the Blue Demons over Indiana State and Ball State.  He had also received strong interest from Kansas State as well as several Big Ten schools.

Butz took an official visit to DePaul the weekend of September 9-11.  In addition to Butz, the Blue Demons also hosted 5'11 point guard Justin Roberts from Pike High School in Indianapolis (who is already committed to DePaul) and 6'10 center Justyn Hamilton from Independence High School in Charlotte, NC that same weekend.   Roberts and Butz are good friends and are teammates on the Spiece Indy Heat 17-Under travel team, a factor which proved to be highly influential in Butz's decision.

This was not the first time Butz had visited DePaul, as he had taken a couple of previous unofficial trips to the Lincoln Park university.   His familiarity with the campus and comfort level with the Blue Demons coaching staff and future teammates were all factors which made his college choice a relatively easy one.

Kudos definitely go out to DePaul assistant coach Billy Garrett, who was the lead recruiter for Butz.  Garrett watched Butz repeatedly throughout the Spring and Summer evaluation periods, including at the GRBA National Championships in Fort Wayne during the final weekend of July, where Butz's Spiece Indy Heat team captured the title.  Garrett is an Indianapolis native who has developed strong recruiting relationships throughout the Hoosier state over the years.  He was also highly instrumental in DePaul's recruitment of Roberts. 

Butz is a highly athletic forward who can consistently beat opponents down the floor with his speed and is a strong rebounder as a result of his aggressive play around the basket.  He also defends well on the interior and will undoubtedly bring some added bounce to the Blue Demons' front line.

With Butz's commitment, Leitao and the Blue Demons now have two more scholarships to give in the 2017 class.  They just had 6'9 2017 power forward Makhtar Gueye from Aspire Academy in Tempe, AZ on campus for an official visit this past weekend.  Gueye's next official visit will be to Rutgers beginning tomorrow and word has it that he could be ready to decide by as early as next week.

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