In a piece posted on ESPN's Basketball Recruiting Nation, esteemed analyst Adam Finkelstein discusses Butler's move to the Atlantic-10 and its effect on the New England recruiting scene. Most significantly, Cushing Academy forward Andrew Chrabascz committed to the Bulldogs last Saturday while on a visit to campus.
The 6-foot-7 Chrabascz, a Portsmouth, R.I. native, plays for the Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) during AAU season, and chose the Bulldogs over fellow A-10 suitors UMass and St. Bonaventure. In many ways, the two-star forward is a prototypical Butler player, as Finkelstein explains.
Below is an excerpt of the piece. You can check out the full article HERE (Insider only):
However, with the Bulldogs' move to the Atlantic 10, it’s only natural that Butler begins to explore the Northeast. When the Bulldogs identified Chrabascz, a player who already held scholarship offers from the vast majority of the Atlantic 10, they pursued him as hard as any other school that was recruiting him.
“He [Coach Brad Stevens] was always at the games [this summer], front and center,” Chrabascz said, “and of course I noticed that.”
Chrabascz fits the Butler prototype to a T. He’s one of the hardest working, toughest kids you’ll find and his personal character is absolutely second to none, but before Butler’s move to the Atlantic 10, the two might not have had the opportunity to come together.
“It definitely helped me out with my decision,” Chrabascz said of the move. “I definitely want my friends and family to be able to see my college games so it definitely helped me out a little bit.”
While geography played a part in Butler and Chrabascz coming together, ultimately the quality of this fit was something that jumped out to Chrabascz from the first moment he got on campus.
“Meeting the staff and the players, you can tell they love each other and that’s a big thing,” Chrabascz said. “I just fell in love with the place”