New Butler coach Brandon Miller has landed his first commit.
Tyler Wideman, a 6-foot-7 power forward from St. John (IN) Lake Central, pulled the trigger for the Bulldogs, becoming the first player to pledge to Miller since he took over for Brad Stevens earlier this month.
The news was previously reported by Scout.com.
Wideman also had offers from Bradley and Central Michigan, according to the Indianapolis Star.
“Tyler brings a physical style of play,” his coach Dave Milausnic told SNY.tv.
“He rebounds extremely well in traffic and defensively does a good job of keeping bigs off the low block. Offensively, he has good feet around the basket and can finish with either hand. His mid-range game has vastly improved.”
Wideman averaged 15.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 2.1 assists last season.
Miller is still in the Trey Lyles Sweepstakes, as the Arsenal (IN) Tech forward has a Final Four of Butler, Kentucky, Louisville and Florida.
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