On Friday we found out that 2020 guard Lamont Butler Jr. was on an official visit to the Mesa. Come Sunday by the end of his visit, Butler was sure that he wanted to be an Aztec. After unofficially visiting at least three different times, the official was enough to seal the deal and the 6-2 guard committed to the staff today, three days after the end of his official visit.
Butler is a three-star guard from Riverside, California who plays his high school ball for Riverside Poly and his AAU ball with West Coast Elite. He is a true lead guard, a point guard who can run the offense and score when he needs to. On the offensive end Butler is exceptional at getting to the basket. He uses his change of speed and quickness to get to the hoop and his strength to finish through contact. Also he is a great facilitator who finds his teammates out of the set offense, on the break, and in traffic. Defensively Butler is extremely active, getting his hands on the ball in passing lanes and disrupting the opposing offense.
Butler is a great fit for the Aztecs roster as the will be the point guard of the future early on. His ability to facilitate and play defense will allow him to see the floor early on. By the time he is a sophomore the Aztecs backcourt will lose a lot of the upperclassmen that they have in the backcourt and it would not surprise me to see him run the back court for a long stint at San Diego State.
San Diego State made a big push at the end and the addition of Coach Chris Acker was a big help as he had been recruiting Butler for a long time at Boise State. The Aztecs beat out Colorado and Rice for the young guard. After his visit we upped our Commitment Probability Index to 60%, meaning that we thought the Aztecs had become a slight favorite to capture his commitment.
With the addition of Butler the Aztecs now have three scholarships left for the 2020 class. They have a couple prospects coming in in the following weeks in hopes that they can add to the roster, however Butler is an amazing start to the 2020 class.