VANDALIA —After a successful rookie season playing in Europe, former Butler Aviator and Wright State basketball standout AJ Pacher returned to his hometown last week to talk Aviator basketball.
Pacher addressed the young players in grades 3-8 during the Butler basketball camp – the first under new head coach DJ Wyrick – who Pacher played for while at Wright State.
Pacher spent last season playing for Starwings Basket Regio in Basel Switzerland. He averaged 40 minutes and scored nearly 22 points while pulling down nine rebounds per game.
“I had a really successful season and I’m hopeful for a good opportunity for next year. I ended up being the top scorer in the league and First Team All-League so it was a really good year for me. I’m working hard this summer to get ready for next year.”
Pacher said that his hometown and Butler are special.
“Butler (High School) and Vandalia mean a lot to me,” he said. “I grew up my whole life here. I grew up watching guys play like John Goldsberry and Seth Gorney who paved the way for me to have success. If there is anything I can do to help the kids younger than me then I’d do anything for them.”
During his talk at the camp, he urged the young players to put Butler “back on the map.”
“Work hard, be dedicated, and put Butler back on the map,” said Pacher. “If you look around the Dayton region we have the best facility besides maybe Trent Arena. We have great history here, and I think that should mean a lot. We really need to get the program back to where it used to be.”
Pacher said he has every confidence that Wyrick can lead Butler back to success.
“DJ is a great guy and I think the players will really like him, he will be a players’ coach,” he said. “The greatest thing about DJ is he’s been around the game with (Wright State basketbal) Coach (Billy) Donlon and Coach Donlon knows more about basketball than most. I learned more about basketball in four years at Wright State than I ever thought imagine-able. DJ has been around that. He’s really excited about the Butler job and I’m happy he is here. I look forward to watching how they do this year and in the future.”