Tulsa Basketball Signs Two Players to National Letters-of-Intent
Nov. 8, 2006
Tulsa, Oklahoma - University of Tulsa Head Basketball Coach Doug Wojcik announced today the signing of one prep school student-athlete, Justin Butler, and one high school senior, Steven Idlet (eyed-let), to national letters-of-intent.
Butler, 6'8", 235 pounds, played his prep basketball at TSST High School in Tulsa and this year attends Massanutten (Va.) Military Academy. As a senior at TSST last year, Butler averaged 19 points, 10 rebounds and blocked five shots per game. Butler played only one season at TSST after moving from Amarillo, Texas, where he was rated as the 77th best prospect in Texas by Texashoops.com.
"I'm pleased that Justin is spending the year at prep school where it will be a great learning experience for him and he will play against great competition night in and night out," said Wojcik. "He's a post player with the ability to shoot the basketball. Justin' is very strong and provides a rebounding presence in the post."
"Justin is a smart kid with a good attitude. He gets better everyday and what's impressive is that he's a leader. He has adapted well to being away from home and is doing the necessary things that will make him successful in college," said Massanutten Military Academy Coach Richard Moore.
"He has always been able to shoot the ball, but he's learning how to play with his back to the basket. Justin has gotten a lot more physical, stronger and faster. He's a diamond-in-the-rough type player and Tulsa has a really good player with Justin," added Moore.
"Justin totally changed the makeup of our team last year when he arrived at school. He's the type of player that has the ability to step out and shoot the perimeter jumper and the size and athleticism to be a monster inside," said TSST Head Coach Shea Seals, a former TU All-American. "The way Doug and his coaching staff develops players, Justin will be a really, really good player at Tulsa. I'm excited for Justin with the opportunity he has to play for a coach who will pull all the potential out of him."
Idlet, a 6'9", 220-pound forward, comes to Tulsa from Prairie Grove High School in Arkansas.
As a junior, Idlet averaged 14.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks in leading his team to an 18-13 record and an appearance in the state tournament. He also shot 58-percent from the field his junior season.
A two-year letterwinner, Idlet was named to the KURM Radio Dream Team last year and was selected to attend the Arkansas Athletes Outreach (AAO) Top-25 Camp, a camp that invites the state's top-25 players.
Idlet was recently named a McDonald's All-America nominee for this season. In Prairie Grove High School's season opener on Tuesday night, Idlet totaled 18 points, 12 rebounds and blocked seven shots.
"Steven is a very skilled post player. He is a skilled passer, a good shooter from the perimeter and has a great feel for the game," said Wojcik.
"He has taken his God-given ability and has really done something with it. He has a great work ethic. Steven has put in a lot of hours working on his basketball skills beyond our normal practices," said Prairie Grove High School Head Coach Steve Edmiston. "He is a 4.0 student and he knows that going to Tulsa is a great academic opportunity as well."
"Steven has a great understanding of the game. He has a nice shooting touch and does a good job of seeing the floor, making him a very good passer," added Edmiston.
Idlet is the younger brother of Tulsa women's basketball junior Dana Idlet.
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