Butler NCAA Notebook: Quick storylines from shootaround

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Khyle Marshall gets the last laugh

Butler basketball has certainly made a name for itself over the past six years, reaching the Sweet Sixteen in 2007 and the National championship games in both 2010 and 2011. Of course, the Bulldogs haven’t always been a name that college basketball fans from across the country would recognize outside of Marion County.

Bulldogs Junior Khyle Marshall, who will be playing in his third conference in a four-year period at Butler next year when the team moves from the Atlantic Ten to the Big East, remembers when nobody from his town of Davie, Florida knew where he would be attending school once he committed to the Bulldogs before their title-game runs.

“When I first signed my letter of intent, people were asking ‘Who is Butler? Why are you going there,'” said Marshall. “I knew what this team was capable from the beginning, I knew I didn’t need anybody else’ opinion of why I was going to Butler. Now after all the stuff we’ve been going through they say ‘Wow you guys are awesome,’ and now there eyes just light up that I go to Butler. I’m just laughing in my head like ‘Yeah I know, that’s why I picked them’. ”

Marshall has been a key-part to Butler’s nucleus all season long, averaging 9.9 ppg and 4.7 rebounds.

Fromm continues to play for father, family

In perhaps one of the more touching moments in what was a memorable regular season for the Butler Bulldogs, on February 7th, Butler Junior Erik Fromm hit a three-point shot to help Butler defeat St. Bonaventure 77-58 at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Fromm, who had lost his father just days before and had missed the previous game for the Bulldogs, received a standing ovation from the Hinkle crowd as the place erupted in joy for the young Bulldog.

Over a month since his father’s passing, Fromm is still playing for the one that was there for each step of his basketball dreams.

“It is a good feeling and I know my dad would be not only proud of me but of everybody,” said Fromm.

“It has really helped me to be around these guys and keep doing what I’ve done my whole life. That is to play basketball. I don’t know, it means a lot to me personally and my mom. My mom is here, and it was nice that I got to spend time with her last night. It’s just a good deal for my family.”

Fromm played a critical part in Butler’s Atlantic 10 tournament opener against Dayton, hitting shots late in the game and scoring 9 points in 10 minutes as the Bulldogs advanced with a 73-67 victory.

Woods is excited be back in home state

Butler Sophomore Kameron Woods has already had some experience playing at Rupp Arena before the 12:40 tip-off with Bucknell on Thursday afternoon. Of course, Woods hopes the end-result will be a little bit different from his varsity days in high school.

“This is where the State tournament is held,” said Woods, who attended Eastern High School in Louisville, Kentucky. “So we came here sophomore and senior year, and we lost in the semi-finals. The last time that I played here definitely wasn’t the best taste in my mouth, but it’s good to be back.”

Woods admitted that he was excited for the opportunity for much of his family, including his brother who attends the University of Kentucky, to see him play on Thursday against Bucknell in his first NCAA Tournament contest. But what Woods is also excited about is his improved play on the court, which has seen the Sophomore score in double-digits three times in the past five games, including 17 points against Massachusetts on March 7th.

“I’m just trying to be more aggressive,” said Woods.

“I think in the beginning of the year I just deferred a lot to guys like Kellen, Rotnei, Andrew, Khyle, and Rose (Roosevelt Jones), guys who can get us 15 to 20 points on a given  night if they are rolling. I think recently I have been looking to be more aggressive with my shot a little bit more, and now I believe in myself a little bit.”