Butler Basketball 2017-2018 Preview
2016-17 Record: 25-9
Key Losses: Tyler Lewis, Andrew Chrabascz, Avery Woodson, Kethan Savage
Key Additions: Paul Jorgensen, Christian David, Aaron Thompson, Jerald Gillens-Butler
After one of the most successful and surprising seasons in program history, the Bulldogs will be looking to rebuild for a new era of Butler basketball.
Last year’s roster was one of the most experienced teams in all of college basketball. Four seniors and graduate transfers Avery Woodson and Kethan Savage, made up essentially Butler’s entire backcourt. The downside of this experience is that now the Bulldogs are stranded without a point guard. The only remaining guard who saw big minutes last year is rising sophomore star Kamar Baldwin.
Butler will have to fill these holes with new faces, primarily George Washington transfer Paul Jorgensen and the two new freshmen point guards Aaron Thompson, and Jerald Gillens-Butler. Also coming to Indianapolis next season is lanky Canadian shooting guard Christian David.
The rest of the roster seems to be set however. With potential Big East, or even National POY candidate Kelan Martin returning for his senior season, he will see most of the minutes at the 3 or 4 spot. Tyler Wideman and Nate Fowler will likely be the 4 and 5 man, respectively, with redshirt freshman Joey Brunk coming in off the bench.
If Jorgensen ends up running point, then the starting lineup for the Dawgs will retain some of its experience, but the reserves will all be either freshmen or sophomores who didn’t see as much floor time last season.
Organizing all of this will be new head coach LaVall Jordan. Jordan was hired in early June after it was announced that former head coach Chris Holtmann would be taking over at Ohio State. The former Butler player and Milwaukee head coach, Jordan, will be jumping right into a big time program with big expectations. In addition to the new head coach, many of Holtmann’s assistant coaches will be following him to Ohio State, meaning Jordan will have to overhaul the entire coaching staff in just a few short months.
Next season will definitely be interesting for Butler Basketball. A new coach and lots of new faces mark a new and exciting time for Bulldog fans. Despite the many changes, look for Butler to be competitive again in a tough Big East conference.
Prospective starting lineup:
- Paul Jorgensen
- Kamar Baldwin
- Kelan Martin
- Tyler Wideman
- Nate Fowler