Former University of Wisconsin basketball big man Brian Butch hosted 3rd basketball camp in Three LakesSubmitted: 07/20/2018

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THREE LAKES - A Former University of Wisconsin basketball player brought his international talents to the Northwoods.

His professional basketball career has taken him to Greece, China, Germany, Japan and even the Philippines.

But he always finds his way back to Wisconsin.

The former badger big man Brian Butch came to Three Lakes to host his 3rd annual basketball camp in the Northwoods.

"It's a really cool experience but I enjoy every second of it," said Three Lakes freshman Olivia Terlizzi.

Butch might tower over the kids who come to his yearly basketball camp, but what they lack in height, they make up for in perseverance.

"You are always going to fail in basketball and that's why I love it so much," said Butch. It teaches you how to fail and how to bounce back."

Butch travels to camps with his high school coach, Logan Flora.

They said the goal of their camps is to make sure the kids know how to get better on their own.

"It's not really what we know, it's what they take away," Butch said. 

But Butch said the best part is actually seeing the kids' confidence grow in just three hours.

"More or less, basketball is basketball. But you really see the growth and the confidence of the kids and that to me is the most exciting part," Butch said.

That confidence is also seen on the court during the season.

Three Lakes Women's Head basketball coach Michele Brown said her girls know how lucky they are to have worked with a professional player.

"They bring a different aspect I think than the regular coaches do every day to practice," said Brown. "So it's awesome to see these guys showing the girls what else is out there."

And there's a reason Butch keeps coming back to Three Lakes every year.

"This is by far the most talent that we've had in the gym as far as kids that want to come and get better," Butch said. "We've seen a lot of familiar faces. So it's exciting to see their growth and see them get better year after year"

Players from all around the Northwoods participated in the camp.

Butch hosts 75 camps every summer.

You can click the link below for his camp schedule. 

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Brian Butch Basketball Camp Schedule

Story By: Mazie Vincent

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