CHICAGO - DePaul center Keith Butler has been reinstated to the men's basketball team it was…
Keith Butler: Back In The Fold
While Butler wasn't able to participate in team activities, he had been working out away from the team. "He's day-to-day," Wainwright said on Butler's availability. "It's encouraging that he did work on his own. He did nothing with the team. He was not part of any locker room strength situation, practice situation, or anything during this whole quarter. First and foremost, conditioning will be an issue and then there is timing. How do you interface him with the team is the next thing."
While there may have been some initial feelings of betrayal on the part of Butler's teammates, they have all welcomed him back with open arms. "He was an excellent practice player last year," Wainwright said. "He had established confidence in his teammates with his play last year in practice. I'm encourage by the fact that his teammates have accepted him back and are trying to help him get up to speed. He made a mistake, but everybody on the team has made mistakes in their life."
Due to the differences between working out on his own and full competition, Butler is dealing with some initial soreness. Yet Keith has already contributed by making center Wesley Green better in practice everyday. "It's certainly a big boost for practice," Jerry remarked. "Because now we have another big body and it's really helped our practice situation."
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