Butler Signs Three Men’s Basketball Recruits
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Three days before the start of the 2011-12 season, Butler head coach Brad Stevens had reason to smile. On the first day of the NCAA fall signing period, the fifth-year Butler coach received signed commitments from three talented prospects, 6-5 Kellen Dunham of Pendleton Heights, 6-3 Devontae Morgan of Tampa, Fla., and 5-11 Chris Harrison-Docks of Okemos, Mich.
"The Butler basketball program is thrilled to officially welcome Chris, Devontae and Kellen," said Stevens, who is heading into his fifth season as Butler's head coach. "Each of these young men is committed to doing the things that has made this program special. Their ambition to be high achievers is evident both on and off the court. They all affect winning, and have been exceptionally well-coached, and as a result have had great success at their respective schools."
Dunham emerged as one of the top prospects in Indiana over the past two seasons. He averaged 17-plus points as a sophomore for 18-6 Pendleton Heights High School and then had a successful summer season with the Indiana Elite One. The sharp-shooting guard then elevated his game last season, averaging 23.6 points and shooting 43% from beyond the three-point arc. He was a unanimous pick as the Anderson Herald-Bulletin Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
"Kellen is a long guard who is exceptionally skilled," noted Stevens. "He's very good with the ball, and he excels using screens and scoring off cuts. He's a true gym rat, who has earned all of his recognition and accolades with his work ethic."
Morgan continues a line of talented players from Florida heading north to wear a Butler uniform. Former Butler player Shawn Vanzant, who played in back-to-back national championship games for the Bulldogs, was from Tampa, while current Butler sophomore Khyle Marshall hails from Davie, Fla. Morgan averaged 17.3 points and 8.2 rebounds as a junior at Tampa Prep High School.
"Devontae is an athletic guard who can play a number of different positions," stated Stevens. "He has the ability to shoot it and get inside the defense to create plays. He's very unselfish and does a great job of finding others on his drives."
Harrison-Docks, a high-scoring guard at Okemos High School, is one of the top backcourt prospects in Michigan. He averaged 18 points and 3.2 assists as a sophomore and then scored at a 23.0 points-per-game pace last season.
"Chris is an aggressive, competitive guard who loves the game," said Stevens. "He can create opportunities for himself and for his teammates, and he brings a great deal of toughness on both ends of the floor."
Butler, coming off a 28-10 campaign and a second straight appearance in the NCAA National Championship game, will open the 2011-12 season at Evansville on Saturday, Nov. 12. Tip-off for the season-opener at Evansville's new Ford Center will be 2 p.m. (CT, 3 p.m. in Indianapolis).