INDIANAPOLIS – After a season full of growing pains, the Butler Bulldogs continue to build towards a promising future as Cincinnati Moeller junior center Nate Fowler verbally committed to the Bulldogs on Tuesday, May 27th. The 6’10 250-pound center is the first commit in the Class of 2015 and is the fourth commitment since April for head coach Brandon Miller and the Bulldogs.
After the departure of five players to transfer, Fowler joins North Carolina State transfer point guard Tyler Lewis (who will sit out a year), former Indiana University guard Austin Etherington (who can play immediately) and incoming freshman forward Jackson Davis, who signed with Butler last month. Interestingly enough, Fowler reigns from the same high school as senior point guard Alex Barlow. Dayton, West Virginia, Miami and most recently Dayton all had offers for Fowler after high school.
Fowler brings size and strength to the low post for the Bulldogs, an area of high need moving forward. Fowler has excellent hands and finish around the basket. Although he is not the athletic finisher that Khyle Marshall was for the Bulldogs, Fowler does have the ability to throw it in and will most likely get the majority of his points from his killer right hand hook shot and tip-ins.
Fowler looks to be an excellent replacement option for 6’9, 200 lb. Kameron Woods, who will leave due to graduation after the 2014-2015 season. According to the roster on paper, Fowler in 2015 will join 6’8, 220 lb. sophomore forward Jackson Davis, 6’6, 225 lb. sophomore Kelan Martin, 6’7, 260 lb. sophomore Tyler Wideman, and 6’7, 225 lb. junior Andrew Chrabascz.
A three-star recruit, Fowler was the top-rated center in the state of Ohio according to Rivals.com and averaged a double-double this past season at Moeller. The Bulldogs look to be beefed up for the BIG EAST.
Chris Fultz is a Senior Writer and the Butler Athletics beat writer for the Indiana Sports Report. Chris Fultz is recognized as an accredited member of the media by Butler University Athletics and has full media access.
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