Player's reaction: Former Trojan on board with hiring


Butler player Andrew Smeathers, right, talks with an official during a game last season against Hanover. The Center Grove graduate likes the hiring of new coach Brandon Miller. FILE PHOTO

Fireworks weren’t supposed to be part of Andrew Smeathers’ Wednesday afternoon. After all, formal celebration of this country’s 237th birthday wasn’t scheduled for another 24 hours.

Brad Stevens changed all that shortly after entering Butler men’s locker room to address his team. Stevens on July 3 dropped the biggest bomb of all: He was leaving the Bulldogs after six history-making seasons to coach the Boston Celtics.

“We were in the locker room talking to coach Stevens and our athletic director (Barry Collier), so we found out about 30 minutes before it was released to the media,” said Smeathers, the 6-7 guard/forward out of Center Grove High School who is about to start his junior season.

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