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Wideman ready to compete at Butler, where uncertainty reigns

Tyler Wideman dunks against a Kentucky squad at the 2013 Rising Senior event at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis last summer. (News-Sentinel file photo by Tom Davis)
Tyler Wideman dunks against a Kentucky squad at the 2013 Rising Senior event at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis last summer. (News-Sentinel file photo by Tom Davis)

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Lake Central senior will bring versatility to Bulldogs

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:01 am
INDIANAPOLIS – Lake Central senior Tyler Wideman is a stark contrast to the atmosphere currently surrounding Butler basketball. While the Bulldogs deal with the fallout of a difficult first season without Brad Stevens in the Big East and the roster unrest that has followed, Wideman is an even-keeled player that brings a sense of determined calmness to the basketball court.

In other words, he is exactly what Butler needs next season when the 6-foot-7 forward is a freshman with the Bulldogs.

Wideman took part in the Hoosier Basketball Magazine Top 60 Workout last weekend, participating in the drills portion of the event but sitting out during the scrimmages due to a cut above his left eye suffered in the Class 4A State Championship.

The three-star prospect is eager to get to Butler and expects to be a versatile player for Coach Brandon Miller.

“I feel like I can play the three, the four and the five,” Wideman said. “The biggest thing (for me) is going to be guarding those different positions.”

Wideman averaged 15.7 points and 6.9 rebounds a game for Lake Central, which finished as the Class 4A runners-up after falling to Indianapolis Tech.

Wideman left the game against Tech after suffering the injury above his eye, but returned to go for 19 points and 12 rebounds in the four-point loss.

“I am excited to go to the next level and just try and carry my effort this season over to next year,” Wideman said.

Butler is looking to focus on next year after it won just four Big East conference games and finished 14-17 overall. The announcement in March that freshman center Nolan Berry was transferred ups the number of players to depart the Bulldogs program over the last five months to four.

In a perfect world, Wideman would use the 2014-15 season as a red-shirt campaign to add bulk and learn the college game. But Butler may very well need him with the roster uncertainty with the departure of Berry.

Kameron Woods will be a focal point in the paint next season after averaging 7.5 points per game and freshman Andrew Chrabascz was solid as well, but behind them are a lot of question marks.

Wideman feels ready to step in and make a difference if needed.

“I just need to stay in the gym and work out as much as I can so when I get there I'll be ready to work out and try and get ready for the Big East,” Wideman said. “I have to be versatile and work on a lot of things.”

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