Recruiting

Butler Offers Class of 2021 Wing JR Konieczny

Butler University offered JR Konieczny of South Bend St. Joseph High School a scholarship on Monday:

The 6’7″, 175 pound soon-to-be junior wing is a very good shooter from both distance and mid-range, who has shown an improved ability to drive and handle the ball. He’ll need to continue to get stronger and grow his game.

However, he played point guard until the 7th grade, so there could be some ‘Gordon Hayward’ like, late blooming upside to his game–once he matures.

He previously had an unofficial visit to Butler in early January.

Konieczny has also received offers from Creighton, Miami (OH), and Valparaiso, and Purdue and Notre Dame have also expressed interest.

According to Scott Davidson of the South Bend Tribune, “Konieczny comes from a basketball family. Older sister Nicole was an Indiana All-Star in 2017 after helping the Indians win a Class 3A state title her senior season. She is now a sophomore guard at Valparaiso University.”

He also had some impressive scoring performances this past season:

“Konieczny has put together a scoring surge of big-time proportions of late as the Indians won six of seven games heading into their regular-season finale versus Mishawaka Friday night,” wrote Davidson. “He piled up a career-high 39 points in a 63-62 win at Elkhart Memorial on Feb. 15 by draining 16-of-23 shots from the field, including 5-of-7 from distance. He then had 31 points in a 78-72 overtime loss to LaVille on Feb. 16 before popping in 34 in a 66-56 home win over Plymouth Tuesday night.”

It’s worth noting that Konieczny was the first St. Joe’s player in 25 years to surpass 500 points in a season. He’s only the seventh player in program history to accomplish such a feat, and the only sophomore to ever score more than 500 points.

He’s also had some recent success with Indiana Elite 2021.

With Sean McDermott set to graduate after this upcoming season (and having lost senior Paul Jorgensen already), Butler could use another shooter with a sweet-stroke going forward.

Konieczny seems like a Class of 2021 candidate for the Bulldogs whose stock is clearly on the rise.