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Butler names Brandon Miller as new coach to replace Brad Stevens

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Less than 70 hours removed from the official announcement that Brad Stevens was leaving for the Boston Celtics, Butler has named his successor.

Brandon Miller, a former point guard at the university and 2003 alumnus, will take over for Stevens. The 34-year-old Miller returned to Butler in April to be an assistant after spending last season as an assistant coach to John Groce at Illinois. Prior to that he was on Thad Matta's staff for six years at Ohio State. Matta, a Butler alum, spent one year as coach of the Bulldogs, in 2000-01.

"I am confident that Brandon will carry on the Butler University basketball tradition of excellence, especially as we make the transition to the Big East Athletic Conference," Butler athletic director Barry Collier said in a statement. "As a player, assistant coach, and person, Brandon has exemplified the Butler Way and brings a blend of energy, talent and integrity to this role. With Brandon's leadership, Butler is well-positioned to expand upon the success of the last few years."

Miller hails froms New Castle, Ind., and went 77-20 during his playing career, winning three Horizon League titles and becoming one of eight players in program history to score 1,000 points in three seasons. In 2003, he helped get the Bulldogs to the Sweet 16.

The hire comes just as the July recruiting period is about to get underway. Considered a critical month in the coaching calendar, it's when programs across the country travel to see hordes of talent in multiple cities and build on recruiting classes for the next two or three years.

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