Butler Signs Two Talented Forwards

Head coach Brandon Miller (right) with assistant coach Michael Lewis. (Photo by Brent Smith)

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- New Butler men's basketball coach Brandon Miller had reason to smile on the first day of the NCAA fall signing period.  The first-year coach received signed commitments from talented prospects Kelan Martin of Louisville Ballard High School and Tyler Wideman of Lake Central High School on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

"One of the things that we've tried to prioritize in the class of 2014 was recruiting talented kids who have won, who will be great teammates and who fit our program," said first-year Butler head coach Brandon Miller.  "Both Kelan and Tyler come from well-coached, successful programs and they fit that mold."

"We are excited to be adding these two players and we think they will continue in the long line of outstanding Butler student-athletes as members of our basketball program," added Miller.

Martin earned second team All-State honors as a junior, while helping Ballard to a state runner-up finish.  He averaged 19.1 points and 10.2 rebounds in 2012-13 and earned a spot on the Kentucky Junior All-Star Team following his junior season.  Martin, a 6-6 forward, played with Indiana Elite during the summer.

 "Kelan has a tremendous knack for scoring the basketball," noted Butler's coach.  "He is effective on the perimeter or inside, depending on match-ups.  As a result of his size, he has great versatility.  We are thrilled about his ability to change the game on the offensive end of the floor."

Wideman was the first player to commit to Miller.  The 6-7 forward averaged 15.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.1 blocked shots last season at Lake Central.  He shot an impressive 64% from the field.  Wideman earned a spot on the Indiana Junior All-Star Team last summer, and he played with Meanstreets on the Nike circuit.

"Tyler is a physical presence on both ends of the floor.  He is extremely skilled for his size, and as a result, can affect the game in a number of different ways.  We are really excited about his continued growth as a player and the impact he will have in our program," said Miller.

Butler is beginning its first season in the BIG EAST Conference, after playing in the Atlantic 10 Conference last year.  The Bulldogs, who made back-to-back appearances in the national championship game in 2010 and 2011, have compiled eight consecutive 20-win seasons and eight straight appearances in post-season play.  Butler posted a 27-9 record and advanced to the round of 32 in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship in 2012-13.