One basketball recruit is lost to Butler, and another could be found.
David Caraher , a 6-5 wing from Chapel Hill, N.C., in the 2017 class, is no longer committed to the Bulldogs. Meanwhile, 6-4 Elon transfer Elijah Bryant, the Colonial Athletic Association’s Rookie of the Year, visited Butler over the weekend and is considering the Bulldogs.
Caraher is ranked 118th nationally in his class by 247 Sports but unranked by Rivals and Scout. He has twice changed AAU teams this summer.
The separation between Butler and Caraher appears to be by mutual consent.
“Me and my family and the (Butler) staff just decided it was better at this point to part ways,” Caraher said. “I wanted to reopen my recruitment. I think that I jumped the gun a little early on it.
“It was the best decision for me and Butler at this point to reopen it.”
Caraher had a local connection because he knows the family of Tyler Lewis, who transferred to Butler from North Carolina State. Rick Lewis, father of Tyler, is founder and managing editor of Phenom Hoop Report and operates Phenom Hoops, a scouting service.
Caraher had been committed to the Bulldogs since February. He was the only recruit in the 2017 class for Butler, which typically doesn’t offer scholarships to those in their sophomore season of high school.
As for Bryant, he posted a Twitter picture Sunday of himself at the Mormon Temple in Carmel. Besides Butler, he has offers from Texas A&M, Miami (Fla.), BYU and Dayton. He lists himself as Mormon on his Twitter profile, and BYU is operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Bryant, 20, of Gwinnett, Ga., would be at his fourth school in four years.
At Elon, he averaged 14.2 points and 4.2 rebounds a game, shooting 35 percent on 3-pointers. He had highs of 32 points against Drexel and 25 against William & Mary.
Before that, he played at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton, Ga., where he averaged 20 points and nine rebounds as a senior. Then he was at prep school for one year at New Hampton (N.H.), averaging 13 points and four rebounds.
Butler is seeking a shooting guard in the 2016 recruiting class. Bryant could effectively fill that need because he would have to sit out one year before becoming eligible for the 2016-17 season.
Butler already has three transfers. Besides Lewis, the Bulldogs have 6-3 Jordan Gathers, a graduate transfer from St. Bonaventure who has immediate eligibility, and 6-3 Kethan Savage, who left George Washington and becomes eligible in 2016-17.
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