Florida State basketball landed another marquee 2021 commitment: John Butler. Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Leonard Hamilton has added another 7-foot center to his program.
The 7-foot-1 Butler — from Greenville (S.C.) Christ Church Episcopal — is a 4-star prospect, ranked No. 78 nationally in the 2021 class by 247 Sports.
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After narrowing his list of schools down to six, Butler picked Florida State over Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Alabama, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.
Butler’s commitment comes about a week after 5-star 2021 shooting guard Matthew Cleveland also pledged to FSU. Those two join Bryce McGowens, a 4-star 2021 wing that committed to FSU over Clemson in February, in what’s now the No. 2 ranked recruiting class in the country.
Florida State is routinely one of the tallest programs in the country; the Seminoles are expected to add two 7-footers to their program in 2021. Naheem McLeod, a 7-foot-3 3-star center prospect that signed with FSU in the 2019 class, enrolled at Florida State last August; however, he “did not meet the NCAA requirements for enrollment,” according to an FSU spokesman in September.
When Butler and McLeod arrive, they’ll meet another 7-foot center: Balsa Koprivica, an underrated interior offensive piece who will be a junior during the 2021-22 season.
In April 2020, though, Jake Weingarten reported that McLeod was enrolled a Chipola College. He will return to Florida State in 2021 after one season on the JUCO level — with three years of eligibility remaining