The Bulldogs roster might feel a little empty this year. With the graduation of Steven Bennett, Butler will not have a single New Castle graduate on the team for the first time since 2006, and only the second time this century. Bennett followed Darnell Archey, Brandon Miller, Bruce Horan, Zach Hahn, and Chase Stigall in making the short trip west on I-70 from New Castle to play for the Dawgs.
Butler isn't ready to shut that pipeline down. On Wednesday they offered New Castle junior Mason Gillis. Gillis is a 6'7" forward poised for a huge junior season after a solid summer. He averaged 15 points and 8 rebounds per game playing with G3 Grind on the Under Armour circuit. Earlier this month he was the leading scorer at the Indiana Top 80, dropping nearly 27 points per game against some of the top players in the state.
Butler is the first high major school to offer Gillis, a trend under new head coach Lavall Jordan. Coach Jordan has done an excellent job in his short tenure at identifying quality players early. He has been the first high major coach to offer numerous recruits who have gone on to receive handfuls of additional offers. Expect the same to happen here if Gillis remains on the market for very long. He currently has offers from Miami (OH), Toldeo, and IUPUI. Gillis will visit Butler on Saturday for their exhibition opener against Hanover.