On Monday afternoon, the Butler Bulldogs men’s basketball program picked up a highly-rated recruit as power forward Kyle Young announced his commitment via his personal Twitter account:
Proud to announce that I will be a bulldog!???? pic.twitter.com/oYBKpVsc8D
— Kyle Young (@kyleyoung3144) August 29, 2016
The four-star power forward is entering his senior year at Jackson High School in Massillon, Ohio and will be a member of Butler’s 2017 recruiting class. He is ranked as the 89th-best prospect in his class by ESPN and has received similar stature from Rivals and 247Sports.
He is listed by ESPN at 6-7, 210 pounds and is described as a strong shooter who could possibly play at the small forward position in college. He possesses strong rebounding ability and is noted for being a good athlete, although his defense has not yet matched his tools. Butler doesn’t often get recruits of this caliber, so it is a testament to the work of third-year head coach Chris Holtmann that he was able to attract a player like Young to Butler.
In his first two years on the Butler sideline, Holtmann has led the Bulldogs to a 45-22 record and two consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Last season, the Bulldogs entered as a nine-seed and lost in the second round to the Virginia Cavaliers. Butler looks well-positioned to build on the first two years under Holtmann as they return their five leading scorers from 2016.
Young is the third commitment in Butler’s 2017 recruiting class. He joins Indiana point guard Cooper Neese and Florida point guard Jerald Butler. Butler is a three-star recruit, who 247Sports rates as the No. 255 overall prospect in the 2017 class.