Butler players Smeathers, Howard like league change


Former Whiteland Community High School standout Haley Howard looks forward to her junior season on the Butler women's basketball team. Photo courtesy Butler athletics.

Former Center Grove High School standout Andrew Smeathers is preparing for his junior year on the Butler men's basketball team. Photo courtesy Butler athletics department

Andrew Smeathers and Haley Howard in their first two years as Butler University basketball players have nearly run the gamut when it comes to numbers.

God-given leverage blended with athleticism and quality wingspans makes them viable options as a “4” on their respective Bulldogs teams. Meanwhile, ball-handling skills and a sweet perimeter touch allow them to take the court as either a “2” or “3.”

“I’m a basketball player. That’s the way I look at it,” said Smeathers, the 6-foot-7 junior-to-be who saw action in 20 of Butler’s 36 games in 2012-13, averaging 1.0 point a contest. “Wherever we need a body, that’s where I’ll play.”

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