SALT LAKE CITY, UT—The third page of the Butler Sweet 16 Media Guide recognizes Senior Willie Veasley for his record-breaking run in a Bulldog uniform.
Willie Veasley has helped Butler to a school-record 115 wins in four seasons.
Veasley has been recognized, along walk-on senior Nick Rogers for being players on this record-breaking run for Butler Basketball. However, another very important Bulldog has been there every step of the way, doing his job in the background with not nearly as much fanfare.
"I fill up the water bottles and make sure everybody gets hydrated. No, seriously, just doing whatever it takes to help out the coaches with passing and rebounding, making sure everybody's got Gatorades. Anything to help the team win, that's what I'm willing to do."
Those are the comments from Erick Brown, is Butler's senior manager, officially, the winningest manager in Bulldog Basketball history.
"I wouldn't rather have anybody else here with us. We were out on the court reminiscing about the Sweet 16, just thinking about that," said Veasley, the more recognizable member of Butler's senior class.
Anyone who has been a part of a team knows there are various pieces of a puzzle which must fit together in order to achieve success. I have been blessed to call some very talented and hard-working managers "teammates" during my years playing football, baseball, and basketball at Peru High School. The teams I've been on which achieved success always had a student manager who went above and beyond the call of duty to help the players and coaches in any way possible.
Erick Brown has filled that role during Butler's record-breaking run the last four years.
"He comes up huge. He does a lot of stuff in the back of the scenes that people don't know about. He always makes sure we have Gatorades, always makes sure our clothes are washed. He's like one of the guys on the team," said junior Shawn Vanzant with a smile.
And many of the Butler students who are familiar with the team might not even know who I'm talking about when referencing Eric Brown by his given name.
"They call me E. Weezy. I got the nickname my freshman year, Mike Green was just joking around one day. They used to call me E.B. and he started calling me E. Weezy and the name stuck. I've been called E. Weezy ever since," said Erick Brown (E. Weezy)
"My four-year old (Brady) even calls him E. Weezy, so that is a neat deal," said Stevens.
Whether you call him E. Weezy, E.B. or Erick Brown, it really makes no difference. Erick is best called a "Winner" He is the perfect manager for a Bulldog basketball team who tries to follow the principles of the "Butler Way"
"I've asked guys to tell me who the most humble person is or who the most passionate person is, and go through six different values and E. Weezy gets votes, that tells you what kind of person he is."
You may not see the name Erick Brown in the media guide or the box score this weekend in Salt Lake City. The Public Address announcer likely won't call out the name E. Weezy during the West Region Semi-Finals. However, Erick Brown is a valuable member of the Butler program, someone who has seen so many magical moments the last four years and played a major role in the Bulldogs success.
"It's been a unbelievable experience being along this great group of guys, it's been a lot of fun, and I'm just thankful for every day I get an opportunity to be out on the court with these guys."
It seems like those feelings are mutual inside the Butler locker room. When you tune into the West Regional this weekend, be sure watch seniors Willie Veasley, Nick Rogers, and Avery Jukes. But keep your eye out on the end of the bench for Erick Brown, E. Weezy, the less heralded, but every bit as valuable member of Butler's record-breaking senior class.