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Stephens adds two more to recruiting class

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS -- Facing the loss of four starters and its top reserve, Butler added two more players Wednesday to its men's basketball recruiting class for next season.

The signings of guards Shelvin Mack of Lexington (Ky.) Bryan Station and Ronald Nored of Homewood, Ala., give the Bulldogs five new players for Brad Stevens, who earlier this week signed a seven-year contract extension after producing a school- and Horizon League record 30 wins in his first season as coach.

Last fall, Stevens also signed three Indiana high school players -- 6-foot-8 Gordon Hayward of Class 4A champion Brownsburg; 6-7 Garrett Butcher, a first-team All-State pick from Edgewood; and 6-3 Chase Stigall of New Castle.

"We're thrilled to have these five players in our program," Stevens said. "They all fit in well in our system and each is committed to team success."

The 6-3 Mack averaged 23.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 7.5 assists while helping Bryan Station to a 30-3 record. The 6-0 Nored, who originally signed with Western Kentucky but changed his mind because of a change of coach there, averaged 15.3 points and 6.9 rebounds while leading Homewood to a 31-5 record.

"Shelvin is a very versatile player who can impact the game in a number of ways and is capable of playing multiple positions," Stevens said. "Ron combines a high level of skill with all the intangibles that we look for in a Butler guard."

Butler reached the No. 8 ranking last season, its highest ever in The Associated Press poll, and finished 12th. The Bulldogs won the Horizon regular-season and tournament championships and lost in overtime to Tennessee in the second round of the NCAA tourney.

Conference MVP Mike Green, who led Butler in scoring, rebounding and assists, and guard A.J. Graves, forwards Julian Betko and Drew Streicher and top reserve and 3-point specialist Pete Campbell were all seniors, leaving 6-8 freshman Matt Howard the only returning starter for next season and guaranteeing competition for playing time among the five newcomers.

Among other signings Wednesday, 5-7 guard Betsy Adams, a third-team All-State selection from Twin Lakes, joined the Valparaiso women's recruiting class. Lauren Kenney and Sylwia Zabielewicz, both junior college transfers, signed with the Crusaders during the early period in November.

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