June 25, 2013

Butler Completes 2013-14 Men’s Basketball Roster

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler men's basketball coach Brad Stevens put the finishing touches on his 2013-14 roster with the addition of central Indiana players Michael Volovic and Steven Bennett.  The two freshmen are currently enrolled in summer school at Butler and both will join the Bulldogs on the team's exhibition trip to Australia in August.

"We are excited to officially welcome Michael and Steven to the Butler basketball program," stated Stevens, who will be entering his seventh season as Butler's head coach.  "Both young men are accomplished students and basketball players, who will add to our program in a variety of ways."

Volovic, a 5-9 guard, helped Carmel High School to back-to-back Indiana 4A state championships.  Last season, he averaged 14.3 points and shot 46.3 percent from 3-point range, while leading Carmel to a 25-2 campaign, a No. 1 ranking in Class 4A and a second consecutive state title.  He was named first team A.P. All-State and was picked to the Indiana All-Star Team.

"Michael affects winning," Stevens said of Volovic, who led Carmel's freshmen to a 21-0 record four years ago.  "He was a huge part of the amazing two-year state championship run by Carmel.  He has a lot of great attributes technically as a player, but the biggest attribute is his ability to lead and to raise the level of his teammates on the floor.  Michael has a mature game, and we look forward to coaching him."

Bennett averaged 17.7 points as a senior, while leading New Castle Chrysler in rebounds, assists, three-pointers and steals.  The 6-4 guard, who rebounded from a knee injury as a junior, was named Co-Player of the Year on the Courier-Times All-Area Boys Basketball Team.

"Steven is a gym rat who has grown up around the game, as the son of retired New Castle coach Steven Bennett, Sr.," noted Stevens.  "He's a very good shooter, has great understanding of the game and has an outstanding, contagious work ethic.  He understands the details that go into winning and is committed to being the best he can be."

The two new players join 6-10 Nolan Berry of St. Louis, Mo. (De Smet Jesuit High School), 6-7 Andrew Chrabascz of Portsmouth, R.I. (Cushing Academy), 6-2 Rene Castro of Milton, Mass. (Worcester Academy) and 6-4 Elijah Brown of Los Angeles, Calif. (Mater Dei High School) in Butler's 2013-14 freshmen class.  The six newcomers will join ten returning players on Butler's 2013-14 roster.

Butler, coming off a 27-9 campaign and a trip to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, will be heading into its first season in the 10-team, new BIG EAST.  The Bulldogs tied for third in the regular season race and advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament in their lone season in the Atlantic 10 Conference last year.