Former Pitt commit pledges to Butler

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A trip to Butler’s campus solidified things for Bryce Golden. He wanted to be a Bulldog.

The 6-foot-9 former 2018 Pittsburgh pledge committed Monday to coach LaVall Jordan’s program after a weekend visit to the Indianapolis campus.

“It’s been a long process, but I’m happy to commit to Butler University! Go Dawgs!!!!!” Golden wrote on social media.

Golden chose the Bulldogs over Illinois, Syracuse and Georgetown following his decommitment from the Panthers. He asked for his release from Pittsburgh after coach Kevin Stallings was fired in March after two seasons.

Golden is a three-star recruit that hails from Maryland that quickly came enamored with the Butler program.

“When you know, you know,” Golden told the Indianapolis Star. “”They made me feel comfortable. We’ve built a lot of trust the last couple of weeks.”

Golden is the second member of Jordan’s 2018 class, joining three-star forward Markeese Hastings of Michigan. The Bulldogs went 21-14 in Jordan’s first season with an NCAA tournament first-round win over Arkansas.