Butler Basketball: Previewing Christian David’s impact for 2019-20

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MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – FEBRUARY 20: David of Butler defends. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Butler basketball rising junior Christian David has not seen a ton of playing time in his career but could be a breakout performer in 2019-20. Let’s dive deeper.

Even though Butler basketball returns a fair amount of minutes from this past season, there are many questions surrounding the program for the 2019-20 campaign. Star senior guard Kamar Baldwin is the clear leader of the Dawgs but there is not a ton of proven talent around him. There are, though, plenty of potential breakout candidates on the roster including rising junior Christian David. At 6-foot-6 with a physical frame and plenty of athleticism, David has a high ceiling if he is able to put it together.

Through his first two seasons with the program, David has struggled through injuries and a lack of consistent playing time due to some of his shortcomings. Although David has shown some flashes of his potential, he needs to be injected with some confidence before taking the next step into a significant role with the team. He has appeared in 56 contests to this point in his career but is only averaging 1.5 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.2 fouls in 8.6 minutes per game.

David is a versatile athlete who was once regarded as a solid shooter and all-around offensive threat as a high school prospect. The size, athleticism, and strength are there for him to be a surprise this year but there is not a major sample size of excellence to expect a breakout campaign. Still, I am not ready to rule out that possibility as maybe all he needs a bit more confidence and consistent playing time.

David has reportedly been a strong performer in preseason practices for this coming campaign so it is feasible that he is beginning to turn the corner. There are many possible X-Factors on Butler’s roster this season and David is flying a bit under-the-radar. Now, without any further ado, let’s take a deeper dive into Christian David to analyze his potential impact on the 2019-20 Dawgs.

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