INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs landed their second Class of 2016 recruit of the day as 3-star SG Kamar Baldwin committed to Butler. The 6-foot-2, 175 lb. Georgia native from Apalachee High School had some strong games during the month of July with the Atlanta Celtics. It has certainly been an impressive summer for Chris Holtmann in his first summer as head coach.
Baldwin is regarded as 3-star recruit and is the No. 133 overall prospect, according to Rivals. Baldwin is also ranked No. 149 in the 247Sports Composite. According to Rivals and 247 Sports, Baldwin also received offers from Clemson, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, Providence, Richmond, South Alabama, Middle Tennessee State, George Mason, Charlotte, Tulsa and VCU.
Baldwin committed after taking an official visit to the school, and going home and talking things over with his family. In the end however Baldwin says it was his comfort at Butler that made all the difference in the world.
“Just hanging out with the guys on the visit it felt like home,” said Baldwin. “Also I have a good relationship with the coaches and I liked the campus.”
Baldwin also feels like he will fit in perfectly to the Butler style of play.
“I won’t have to change anything with my playing style,” said Baldwin. “With how they play I can fit right in and just play my game.”
A 6-2 combo guard, Baldwin is a quick southpaw who launches threes and also puts the ball on the floor to attack the basket. Though he definitely has a preference for his left hand, he does finish with his right fairly well and has improved driving in that direction as well. The scrappy, athletic and skilled lefty shooting guard, Baldwin, averaged 11 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game during the last week of July out in Las Vegas. After flying under the national radar, Baldwin shined at the Adidas Uprising and All-American Camp in late July, taking on a more assertive role for his team. Baldwin shot 47% from the field and 44% from 3-point range.
Baldwin credited his high numbers of repetition for his overall progress.
”I’ve just been working on my dribble, getting that better, and my pull-up jump shot and three-pointers,” Baldwin said. “I’ve been trying to improve my defense as well.”
Earlier in the day, Butler received a commitment from 2016 small forward Henry Baddley. Baldwin and Baddley join four-star center and Indiana native Joey Brunk and three-star point guard Howard Washington as Butler’s current four-man class.
Here are recent Kamar Baldwin highlights, courtesy of Courtside Films.
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