Wednesday afternoon, John Butler committed to Florida State, joining Bryce McGowens, Naheem McLeod, and Matthew Cleveland in the Class of 2021, which is now ranked 2nd nationally, behind only Villanova.
After his commitment, Butler spoke on the decision to choose Leonard Hamilton and Florida State:
He said he chose the Seminoles because of their track record with big men and their recent success:
COMMITTED!!!!! @john_e_butler is headed to the ACC to play basketball at Florida State @FSUHoops ! So proud + so excited for this next chapter (and one last season as a Cav)!! #gocavs #goseminoles pic.twitter.com/W23UfyYitV— CCES Athletics (@ccesathletics) July 29, 2020
Butler divulged that it was a really hard decision—his final six schools all possessed great facilities and coaching staffs, and they did a really good job building a relationship with him, making the decision that much more difficult. He continued by saying the schools did a really good job informing him with the details, so he had all the info he felt he needed despite never getting those coveted official visits. He also mentioned he was relieved to get the decision behind him, but he feels comfortable with said decision.
As for strengths and weaknesses: Butler considers himself very versatile on offense and someone who can stretch the floor. As for the other side of the ball: he said he has the ability to play good perimeter defense (which’ll help, as FSU likes to switch 1-5 on D). Butler realizes his need to add weight and get stronger, and he’s looking forward to working with Florida State’s strength and conditioning staff.
Butler mentioned that the Florida State staff has been telling him for weeks how much they need him, and Hamilton was thrilled when he got the news. He also said he is very much looking forward to gleaning from the head coach’s wisdom and experience.