Just when there was doubt that Butler would receive a commitment before the July evaluation period, Butler picked up a commitment from Saint John (IN) Lake Central center Tyler Wideman.
Wideman is Butler's first commitment in the class of 2014 and also the first for new head coach Brandon Miller.
Attributes - 6'7" 260 lbs
Ranking - , #30 Center
Competition - Offers: Bradley, Indiana State, Ball State, Northern Illinois, Kent State, Central Michigan, Interest: Xavier, Purdue, Michigan State, Michigan, Indiana
On the Court Impact - Wideman provides the Bulldogs with a post that will be a space-eater, as they head into the physical Big East. He rebounds the ball pretty well, but can struggle on defense since he is a little undersized for center. May have a disadvantage against quicker power forwards and taller centers, but has the bulk to hold up on the block.
On offense Wideman is developing, but does shoot free throws surprisingly well, a la Glen 'Big Baby' Davis or Davante Gardner, and passes well too.If he puts his mind to it, Wideman could be a force when he gets position on the block. He obviously wanted to be a Butler Bulldog, since he committed 3 days after being offered. He will be about the team and provide great chemistry.
Recruiting Impact - With just 3 scholarships available in the class of 2014, Butler needed to get a few different positions covered by the three man class. Wideman fills the need at forward/center.
The question others want answered is, what does it mean for other posts in the class of 2014? It depends on the other post that is being recruited. If its Trey Lyles, Butler will find a spot, however unlikely that commitment is, but Butler wasn't looking at many other 2014 big men, so this could be the end of them in 2014.
The Bulldogs can now focus on other positions. The Bulldogs will be looking to add a wing (Trevon Bluiett, Kelan Martin, J.P. Macura) and a combo guard (Avery Patterson, Devin Mitchell, Lance Tejada).
Expert Analysis - Scout National Recruiting Analyst Brian Snow on the Wideman commitment.
"In terms of a big wide ranging impact I don't think this commitment will be much of a blip. Tyler is a good solid player, and Butler obviously wanted a big guy, but he isn't someone on the Trevon Bluiett level or anything like that. Still it is a solid pledge, someone who will be a team oriented kid who does everything the coaching staff wants and asks for.
"In terms of what Tyler does well, he is one of the best passers you will see for a big guy. At the high post he is really tough to deal with because he is so skilled and so smart. Tyler can find open teammates, and just knows how to play the game putting pressure on the defense. Also he can score a little bit on the low block, despite being undersized to play the center position.
"Because he is undersized he is a solid, not great rebounder, and can struggle on defense since he typically won't block many shots. Also against length and athleticism he can have his problems.
"Still he is a good player, someone who wanted to go to Butler, and someone who fills a need as a low post option in the 2014 class."
The 1st commitment in the class of 2014, Saint John (IN) Lake Central center Tyler Wideman is a bulky, space eating post that will give Butler a true man-in-the-middle. InsideTheDawgPound looks at Wideman's impact.