LaVall Jordan is adding a little familiarity to a place he already knows well.
Bryce Nze, a transfer from Milwaukee, is rejoining his former coach at his alma mater and new program, Butler, it was announced Thursday.
The 6-foot-7 forward has spent the last two seasons with the Panthers, with the first coming under Jordan before he left to take over the Bulldogs in 2017.
“Bryce is a young man who is a great teammate. He had an immediate impact at Milwaukee. Bryce and I developed a strong relationship and he fits our culture here at Butler,” Jordan said in a statement. “Bryce’s athleticism, competitiveness and tremendous work ethic will be a valuable addition. He will push our guys in practice every day this upcoming season as he continues to develop his skills and his body to reach his full potential in the Big East.”
Nze, a Wisconsin native, averaged 10.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game last season for Milwaukee. As a freshman under Jordan, Nze shot a school-record 66.2 percent from the floor.
Nze will sit out the upcoming season under NCAA transfer rules and then have two years of eligibility remaining.
Butler went 21-14 and won one NCAA tournament game in Jordan’s first year at the helm in Indianapolis.