Butler signs guard from California

Elijah Brown
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Guard Elijah Brown has signed his national letter-of-intent to play at Butler.

The son of former Lakers coach Mike Brown verbally committed to the Bulldogs in January. Last season, the 6-foot-4 guard averaged 17.3 points and led Santa Ana Mater Dei to a 34-2 mark and its second straight California state title.

Butler coach Brad Stevens calls Brown a student of the game who will give the Bulldogs a creative scorer and more versatility in the lineup. He is the fourth player in Butler's recruiting class, joining 6-10 Nolan Berry, 6-7 Andrew Chrabascz, and 6-2 Rene Castro.

"I'm really excited to officially welcome Elijah to the Butler basketball family," Stevens said. "Elijah is another great example of the type of student-athlete we like attract to Butler. He is a very versatile guard who can do a number of different things, including score the basketball in a variety of ways. He loves the game, he works at the game and he thinks about the game on a daily basis. He really wants to be good."

Brown says he's been interested in Butler from the moment Stevens started showing interest.

"I've been dreaming of playing Division I basketball since I was a kid," Brown said. "Ever since Butler started showing interest in me and Coach Stevens started coming to my games, I knew I wanted to consider going to Butler very seriously. Now that my dream is a reality, it's the best thing for me. I can't wait to get started at Butler and win some games."

Butler went 27-9 and advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament last season.

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