Report: Butler won’t lose any recruits, transfers with coaching change

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The big news from the July 4th weekend was that Butler head coach Brad Stevens will be heading off to the NBA to take over the Boston Celtics.

In his place will be former Bulldog and current assistant Brandon Miller.

Miller is as much a part of the Butler family as anyone, which means that there’s little doubt as to how successful he can be as a head coach in the program.

The key, however, will be keeping everyone — current players, incoming recruits — on board.

And according to Zac Keefer of the Indianapolis Star, Miller will be doing just that:

Brandon Miller’s appointment as coach Saturday was exactly what the Bulldog players wanted — a former player and current assistant at the school, someone familiar with Butler’s culture.

“As far as I know, everyone will be back,” said junior guard Alex Barlow. “Everyone that I have talked to is thrilled for coach Miller.”

That’s a good thing, because Stevens hardly left the cupboard bare. Rotnei Clarke and Andrew Smith both graduate, but the Bulldogs do return Roosevelt Jones, Kameron Woods and Khyle Marshall in addition to former top 100 recruit Kellen Dunham, who could have a big sophomore campaign without having to share a back court with Clarke. Miller also keeps incoming recruits Elijah Brown and Nolan Berry, both of whom are ranked in Rivals top 150.

So much of what made Butler good under Stevens was his coaching ability — game management, game-planning, understanding of advanced analytics and how to maximize efficiency, etc. — and we won’t know whether or not Miller can follow in those footsteps until he actually has a chance to coach. But what we do know is he will have the same pieces available.

Whether or not Butler will be able to remain a top 25ish program in the new Big East with a new head coach remains to be seen, but the key may be getting players to buy-in, and that doesn’t look like it will be a problem.

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VIDEO: Utah Valley’s Mark Pope dances, lip syncs with daughters

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New Utah Valley head coach Mark Pope made quite an impression on fans at the team’s Midnight Madness celebration last night. That’s because Pope did a dance and lip sync routine with his four daughters that turned out to be pretty impressive.

The former BYU assistant looks to be the leader in the clubhouse for best coach dance so far this preseason. We’ll see if any other coaches pull out elaborate routines at madness celebrations the next few weeks.

UConn commit tears ACL for second time

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UConn commit Juwan Durham, a four-star big man in the Class of 2016, has torn the ACL in his right knee for the second time in seven months. The Florida native committed to the Huskies and head coach Kevin Ollie back in September. The 6-foot-9 forward is regarded as the No. 31 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016, so he can really be a force when he’s healthy.

In a report from’s Bob Putnam, UConn was notified of the injury immediately and there is no change in plans with the commitment. The Huskies also own commitments from four-star point guard Alterique Gilbert and three-star power forward Mamadou Diarra in the Class of 2016. Having Diarra, an active, rim-protecting presence, helps with Durham’s recovery, since he can provide some more front court depth.

If Durham rehabs back to full speed, UConn has a very talented power forward who was just hitting his stride in the Florida state playoffs last February. UConn has a nice class so far with this group, especially if Durham can recover, With a year to recover until next season, Durham can hopefully play during his freshman season in 2016.