DePaul head basketball coach Dave Leitao added his second commitment to his 2017 recruiting class Thursday when three-star power forward Jaylen Butz offered up a verbal pledge to play for the Blue Demons.
Butz took to Twitter to announce his decision.
“I would like to thank all the coaches that took the time out to recruit me but I will be committing to DePaul University,” he said on the social media site.
Butz, a 6’9”, 205-pound power forward from Fort Wayne, Indiana (North Side High School) is rated as a three-star recruit according to 247Sports. The site ranks Butz as the No. 255 overall recruit in the 2017 class and the 62nd-best power forward in the country. 247Sports also regards Butz as the 10th-best basketball player in the rich-recruit state of Indiana.
He chose the Blue Demons over Ball State and Indiana State. Butz was also receiving some interest from Purdue, Indiana, Arkansas, Dayton, Kent State, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and Michigan State.
Butz is an athletic face-up four who scouts think will fill out and offer major upside down the line.
Butz will join his AAU (Indy Heat) teammate Justin Roberts, a 4-star point guard, in DePaul’s 2017 recruiting class. Hence, Butz’s and Roberts familiarity with each other should only help as they transition to the college level next season.
Leitao and DePaul have two more scholarships to give out for their 2017 recruiting class if they choose to fill it. The Blue Demons are also actively recruiting three-star power forward Makhtar Gueye and three-star small forward Teddy Allen.