He came off the bench for the Dorman Cavaliers last season but don't expect that to be the case this season as 2017 point guard Zach Butler went out and upped his stock in a big way this off season on the AAU circuit. A late season switch to play with the Upward Stars only helped Butler's snowball effect in terms of recruiting. Playing with the in-state AAU program saw positive dividends for both parties and we caught up with Butler recently to talk about his rapidly growing recruitment.
We first asked Butler about the change in AAU teams and what his thoughts were on his run with Upward Stars 15U team.
"I think the switch was really good. The team accepted me like I've been there all year. The organization was very organized and a really good fit for me."
As we mentioned before both parties benefited from the addition of Butler and he talked about it as well. He also shared his thoughts on how the team chemistry was and what he brought to the table for the squad.
"It seemed to flow right from the get go. We only lost 2 games out of the 15 I played with them. I think I brought a leadership role to the team and I think I helped give the team another scorer and passer."
The 2017 prospect saw his game grow exponentially after the conclusion of the high school season but he parlayed it into quite a bit of new schools showing him strong early interest as well.
"I think I've become more vocal and confident at the point guard position. I've learned to use my size on the smaller guards too."
That size has seen Butler grow to almost 6'3 now and he's also started to lift weights after his doctor gave him the green light to start doing so.
"I know I've gotten stronger going to the rack and finishing shots when I get fouled. Since I'm a tall point guard the smaller guards try to get under me and I think I've learn to use my body and size against them. I started lifting weights right after the high school season and I really hit it hard."
That work in the weight room has also paid dividends as Butler's explosiveness has been something scouts and coaches have taken notice of this AAU season. His leaping ability has been mentioned quite a bit and its something else he's starting to take pride in. Butler has been dunking with authority and ease and that bounce has been noted.
"Yeah it is. I think its something else good to show the scouts, your athleticism."
Schools have been making their interest known in Butler this AAU season and he gave us the rundown on the ones he's been hearing from and more.
"I'm going to elite camps at Clemson and Virginia. I've already been to Charlotte's elite camp. I'm going to visit Charlotte this coming Friday or Saturday we just have to set a day with them. I'm also going to visit Virginia on August 15th and 16th. I'll be going to visit South Carolina on August 28th for something they'll have down there the same day their football team is playing against Texas A&M so we'll see what they have in store for us."
The 2017 prospect talked about what his goals are heading into his sophomore season with us too.
"To help my team win as many games as possible, make All-Region, and help the team win a state championship."
The 6'3 lead guard was recently invited to the John Lucas Midwest Invitational in Louisville during October. The camp is designated for top 2016 and 2017 prospects and he says he will attend.
We'll have more updates with Zach Butler as he starts to see his interest ramp up here on SCPrepNation.com!
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