Well, it seems that LaVall Jordan, the new coach at Butler, continues to be happy and grateful to coach at his alma mater where he played at the turn of the century. And the “Butler Way” continues, thematically.
On the character of his team, Jordan says:
Bring as gritty as we can be on the defensive end, that's been a staple for a long time of Butler Basketball. I think we have the ability on our roster to get out and push the pace without getting reckless and turning the basketball over. There are some things that go along with Butler basketball that have been there that will be there - moving the ball, sharing the ball, playing the game the right way.
But one thing that might be different is the pace (slightly) and the experience of the point guard.
Jordan plans to play a more up-tempo style than former coach Chris Holtmann did, and for that to work out he needs sophomore point guard Kamar Baldwin to adapt to the role. Baldwin averaged 10.1 points last season en route to Big East All-Freshman Team honors.
"It's been going good," Baldwin said. "Learning the point guard from the two position is a little different, but I feel like I'm adjusting to it well."
Playing a guard out of position could be interesting, since Baldwin was more in attack mode as a standout freshman with Tyler Lewis and even forward Andrew Chrabascz handing out assists.
in truth, even if Chris Holtmann had stayed, this might be a more uptempo team. The point guard competition is freshman Aaron Thompson and junior transfer Paul Jorgensen, who did not impress at George Washington.
The Bulldogs were likely to struggle more this season than in previous ones, as they experiment through lineups to find one that can be a consistent winner in the Butler tradition.
St. John’s tackles the Butler Way in Indianapolis on Saturday, January 27 and again in Queens on Wednesday, February 28.