Weekly Recruiting Watch – March 4th

There was lots of high school basketball action around the country as post season play was in full swing this past week.  Several Butler targets stepped up and had huge games this week.  Many survived to play another week (1 became a champion), while others had their season end in disappointment.  Here is a look at the top performances from the past week:

Nolan Berry – 2013 PF – 6’8″ 220 lbs
Berry had yet another good week that again ended with a victory over CBC and Jordan Barnett.  Nolan had 21 points on 13-13 from the line.  He had 19 points in a big win a few days earlier.  Berry’s season continues as De Smet  takes on Eureka on Wednesday evening.

Andrew Chrabascz – 2013 PF – 6’7″ 235 lbs
Chrabascz ended his Cushing career in the best possible way, winning the NEPSAC AA championship.  I was unable to find a box score for most of the games, but several reports raved about the play of Andrew Chrabascz.  The next meaningful game he plays will be as a Butler Bulldog.

Michael Volovic – 2013 PG – 5’10” 165 lbs
Volovic did what he does best this week.  Win.  On Friday night he stepped up and hit the game winning 3 as time expired to send Carmel past Noblesville.  Carmel then had no problems with Butler target Eron Gordon and his North Central squad on Saturday.  Volovic led Carmel to the 4A Indiana State title last season and has his eyes on a repeat performance this year.

Trevon Bluiett – 2014 SF – 6’5″ 185 lbs
Bluiett started off the week with an exceptional game against Shortridge, scoring 34 points in a little over 3 quarters of play.  Park Tudor saw their season come to an end on Friday though, losing 69-67 to Broad Ripple.  Bluiett scored 30 points but had a poor shooting night from the field.  I wrote about both of these games earlier in the week, so check that out for more information and evaluation on Bluiett’s performance.

J.P. Macura – 2014 SG – 6’4″ 185 lbs
Part of me hates to keep listing Macura on this weekly report because I’m not even sure how strong Butler’s connection with him is, but he simply keeps putting up numbers that I can’t ignore.  He scored 35 points in a win over Lakeville South and then followed that up by posting 32 against Bloomington Kennedy.  He is going to be very interesting to follow this summer to see if he can continue to post ridiculous numbers against AAU teams.

Reid Travis – 2014 PF – 6’7” 215 lbs
Reid Travis continues to post major numbers as well in Minnesota.  He too scored 32 points this week, his coming against Breck.  In his second game he tallied 25 in a win against Minnehaha Academy.  Reid Travis has reported an offer from Butler.

Jacob Johnson – 2014 – 6’6″ 200 lbs
Jacob Johnson had a great individual sectional week.  He scored 26 points and pulled down 11 rebounds on Tuesday against Northview.  On Friday he scored 19 points and added 10 rebounds in a win over Terre Haute South.  The following day he once against netted a double-double, this time with 29 points and 12 boards, but Mooresville fell to Martinsville in double overtime.  Johnson has been to Butler multiple times on visits this winter.

Bakari Evelyn – 2015 PG – 6’0″ 160 lbs
Bakari Evelyn began the week by scoring 25 points and grabbing 5 rebounds to help Southfield Christian defeat Plymouth Christian, but he was only just getting started.  On Thursday Bakari hit a game tying 3 pointer at the buzzer in regulation to send the game into overtime.  In the 1st overtime, he then hit another game tying basket to take the game to a second overtime, where Southfield Christian would finally pull out a victory.  Evelyn finished with 31 points.  Highlights of the game are posted in Baraki Evelyn’s thread.

Jalen Coleman – 2015 SG – 6’2″ 155 lbs
Coleman played a key role in Cathedral’s sectional championship run last week.  In the opening round he scored a team high 18 points to beat Lawrence North.  I then went to see him play on Saturday in the championship game against Arsenal Tech (I was also hoping to see Trey Lyles, but he missed the game with a knee injury).  Coleman struggled for the first 3 quarters, but then exploded for 13 points  to open the 4th quarter and put away a pesky Arsenal Tech squad.  Jalen finished the game with 17 points.

Luke Kennard – 2015 SG – 6’5″ 180 lbs
Kennard dropped 25 points last Monday in a close win against Carroll.  He too saw his season end this week; however, as Franklin was defeated by Dunbar 66-63.  Kennard scored a team high 21 points in the loss.


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