2023-24 Massive East Ladies’s Basketball Summer season Test-In: Butler Bulldogs

Crew: Butler Bulldogs

2022-23 File: 11-19, 6-14 Massive East

2022-23 Massive East End: Tied for eighth with Georgetown, received the convention event tiebreaker by the use of a 2-0 season sequence sweep over the Hoyas

Last 2022-23 Her Hoop Stats Rating: #183

Postseason? Solely a loss to Georgetown on the primary day of the Massive East event.

Key Departures: Butler was not an offensive powerhouse final season, so the lack of Rachel McLimore can be felt. She led the group in scoring at 11.0 per recreation, the one participant in double digits, and he or she additionally topped the chart in assists at 2.4 per recreation. McLimore was additionally one among BU’s best lengthy vary shooters, flattening 39% of her makes an attempt. The excellent news connected to her departure is that final season was her fifth and ultimate season of eligibility, in order that was an issue that the teaching employees anticipated all alongside.

After McLimore, I don’t know if any of the 4 rotation gamers that are actually gone are actually irreplaceable losses. It’s simply not tremendous nice to be dropping as many minutes as Butler is dropping with these ladies departing. Jessica Carrothers is the wildest departure, as she was initially dedicated to play for Austin Parkinson at IUPUI earlier than he took the Butler job and was the Gatorade Participant of the Yr as a senior in Indiana….. and after averaging 7.5 factors 2.4 rebounds, and a pair of.0 assists in 25 appearances with 19 begins as a freshman, she’s now at Indiana College Northwest, which is an NAIA outfit. Yep.

Shay Frederick and Kelsy Taylor have been each bonus season gamers final yr, identical to McLimore, so once more: It was a identified concern for the teaching employees going into the yr. Frederick averaged 3.8 factors in 19 minutes a recreation for Butler, whereas Taylor performed in all 30 video games for practically 13 minutes an evening, averaging 3.3 factors and a pair of.9 rebounds. Tenley Dowell is a grad switch out of city after 4 years in Indianapolis. Not perfect maybe, however there’s not a lot you are able to do a couple of participant eager to grad switch. Dowell noticed motion in all 30 video games final season for greater than 18 minutes an evening, however averaged simply 4.7 factors and three.3 rebounds per recreation.

Key Returners: After McLimore, Butler does return three of their subsequent 4 scorers. Sydney Jaynes got here in second on the scoring record at 9.8 per recreation, and her 4.1 rebounds was the most effective common on the group. Anna Mortag was proper behind Jaynes in scoring at 7.6 factors and even nearer on the rebounding record at 4.0 per recreation. Caroline Strande rounds out the trio that I’m highlighting right here at 7.3 factors per recreation and tying Mortag for #2 on the rebounding chart. Jaynes was a starter each single night time for Butler, whereas Mortag and Strande began 21 and 11 occasions respectively.

Jordan Meulemans began 15 occasions in 26 appearances as a freshman, which is fairly good. Kendall Wingler noticed her taking part in time fall after the teaching change, however she was nonetheless a rotation piece at 11.8 minutes per recreation in 24 video games with two begins. Nothing I’m placing in his part is bowling you over when it comes to “ah sure, the league must be careful for these ladies after one yr on this teaching system.”

Key Additions: Butler has two inbound transfers this season. Rachel Kent (5’11”, Guard/Ahead, Des Plaines, Illinois) is the clear chief of the 2 after averaging 12.4 factors, 6.2 rebounds, and three.3 assists for IUPUI final season. She transferred from Saint Louis in 2021 to play for Austin Parkinson, and now she’s transferring throughout city to play for him once more for her bonus season of eligibility. Lilly Stoddard (6’4”, Ahead, Crown Level, Indiana) is the opposite switch, and I’m mentioning her as a result of any switch is all the time value mentioning…. however she performed 16 minutes in six video games as a freshman for Purdue final yr. Now she’s at Butler, the place older sister Abby is on the roster with 166 whole profession minutes performed, together with zero appearances final season. I need to say that anybody who’s 6’4” ought to be capable to make an affect within the Massive East, however this can be a wait and see state of affairs.

There are three freshmen on the roster as effectively, all from the state of Indiana. Blue Star Basketball doesn’t spotlight any of them, however Butler’s personal inside bios observe that Karsyn Norman (5’6”, Guard, Bedford, Indiana) was the #6 prospect in Indiana per Prep Ladies Hoops, whereas Riley Makalusky (6’2”, Guard/Ahead, Fishers, Indiana) was one spot behind Norman for the Class of 2023.

Coach: Austin Parkinson, coming into his second season at Butler and thirteenth as a Division 1 head coach. He has an total file of 235-160.

Outlook: At a intestine intuition stage, I do know it’s arduous to take a look at an 11-19 season with a 6-14 convention file together with a sub-150 Her Hoop Stats rating and say that this was a very good season. Nonetheless, context is all the time key, and the context right here tells us that Austin Parkinson’s first season at Butler was an incredible success.

Butler received a mixed 4 whole video games within the two seasons earlier than Parkinson took over, together with only one in 2021-22.

Butler received a mixed three Massive East video games within the two seasons earlier than Parkinson took over, together with an 0-18 in 2021-22.

As such, Yr One for Parkinson was an incredible success, irrespective of the way you need to have a look at it. +10 within the total win column, +6 within the Massive East win column. I don’t care what their flaws or strengths could or could not have been, the Bulldogs received ball video games, one thing that has been very arduous for them to do because the 2020-21 season began. Thumbs up, no additional dialogue.

The query now turns into the place do the Bulldogs go from there?

Butler is changing 48% of their minutes from final season simply within the 5 ladies I discussed above as Key Departures. As talked about up there, quite a lot of that was a deliberate state of affairs as three of the 5 have been on their bonus seasons of eligibility. It’s not what you’d wish to see, however at the least Parkinson and his employees knew what they have been doing after they have been operating the group by means of these ladies.

Bringing Rachel Kent over from IUPUI is a fairly good plan to attempt to substitute Rachel McLimore’s affect on the group, in order that’s excellent news. However that’s about it for excellent news right here. Bringing again Jaynes, Mortag, and Strande is an effective spot to construct your group, however it’s not like they have been lighting the world on hearth final season. In the event that they have been, Butler would have been higher than 11-19. Can they take steps ahead? Can they do greater than they have been doing final yr now that they’ve acquired a deal with on taking part in collectively in addition to taking part in for Parkinson? Are the freshmen in a position to step in and provides them optimistic minutes and assist construct the way forward for this system? Is Lilly Stoddard a drive to be reckoned with simply ready to be unleashed after popping out of highschool as a prime 100 prospect?

I like that Butler was a lot improved in Parkinson’s first season in cost. The actual fact of the matter is that they nonetheless have a protracted method to go.

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