In just a few short months Butler’s 2017 freshman class will arrive on campus. It will mark the second consecutive record recruiting class for Chris Holtmann and the Butler Bulldogs. This class, ranked 20th in the country by 247 Sports, will be the best ever class to enter Butler.
But the Butler coaching staff isn’t stopping there. They’ve got their targets set on a whole new level of recruits for 2018. Recruits with aspirations of being McDonald’s All-Americans. Recruits like Elijah Weaver, who Thursday became the latest high school player to receive an offer from Coach Holtmann.
Weaver, a 6’4” rising senior point guard, is a unanimous top 50 recruit ranked as high as 21st in the country (Rivals). Last year he averaged 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists per game on 48% shooting to lead Oldsmar Christian (Florida) to a state championship. He will run with Team Breakdown this spring/summer. Below are some early highlights from this spring.
The highlights say a lot about Elijah. He’s a big, two-way point guard with the ability to score as well as distribute to others. According to head coach John Bianchi, there’s much more to Weaver than what comes across the highlight reels, and he sounds like a perfect fit for the “Butler Way”. “He’s super vocal and runs the team like a true point guard,” Coach Bianchi told ButlerHoops.com. “He’s not only a leader on the basketball court but off the court he’s a leader too.”
In addition to being a tremendous player, teammate, and leader, Weaver is also a great student. “He has above a 3.0 and he got the score he needs on his ACT on the first try,” Coach Bianchi said about his academics. He has a strong relationship with his parents who will play an important role in helping him select a school.
Butler appears to have snuck their offer just in time, as Elijah cut his list of schools down to 12 on Thursday. Those schools are Butler, Oklahoma State, Virginia, UCLA, USC, Maryland, Villanova, Connecticut, NC State, Missouri, Florida, and Georgia Tech. Villanova is the only school of the 12 to have received a prediction on 247’s crystal ball, but Coach Bianchi says all the schools are on equal ground right now. “He’s just looking for a family oriented school where he can get a great education and somewhere he’s comfortable. He’s gotten really comfortable at Oldsmar and wants that same environment.”
Recruiting for the 2018 class is still wide open for the Bulldogs, but they are clearly focused on landing an elite point guard who can step in and compete for a starting job from day one. It’s amazingly been nearly a decade since Butler last had a scholarship freshman point guard of significance (Ronald Nored, 2008). They have never had a top 50 freshman at any position in the program. It’s no secret that landing a player like Elijah Weaver would be huge for Chris Holtmann and the Butler program.