Butler Recruit Focus: Nolan Berry

Mar 16, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Butler Bulldogs mascot before the game against the Saint Louis Billikens in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Profile:

Position:  Power Forward

Size:  6-foot-10 and 200 pounds

High School and Travel Team:  De Smet Jesuit High School and St. Louis Eagles

Recruit rankings:

ESPN 3-star recruit

Rivals.com’s 120th ranked player and 26th ranked PF

247Sports.com’s 141st ranked player and 35th ranked PF

Scout.com’s 22nd ranked Center

Strengths:

Berry’s offensive game is impressive.  When he signed with Butler, former coach Brad Stevens, noted that the offense could run through Berry given his skill and basketball intelligence.  Berry has good foot work in the paint, has a variety of low post moves, can put the ball on the floor, face up to the basket and knock down jumpers, and pass to open and cutting teammates.  For a player who is 6-foot-10, that is a deadly repertoire for the opponent to handle.

Weaknesses:

As with most freshman big men entering college, Berry could benefit from getting stronger.  Rebounding has been a noted weakness of his, but adding strength and filling into his still growing body should do the trick.

How he will fit in:

When Berry stepped on campus this summer he instantly became the tallest player on the team.  That alone, but also with the departure of Andrew Smith, should provide Berry with the opportunity of substantial playing time.  If his offensive game, which can be deadly, translates immediately he could be a game-changer for the Bulldogs.  The loss of coach Stevens raises some questions, but this team should still be fairly efficient on the offensive end.  But they do lack a serious threat.  Berry can be that threat, and by doing so, make Butler more than a middle-of-the-pack Big East team.

Recruiting video:

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem a recruiting video has been compiled for Nolan, but here is a video of him driving to the basket with a nice finish.  It’s one play, but you can see his size and appreciate his skill and control both on the floor and in the air.

Topics: Basketball, Big East, Butler Bulldogs, Nolan Berry

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