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Butler gaining traction in NBA Draft process as mix nears

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Since 2016, Florida State Basketball has produced 10 NBA Draft picks.

4 of those 10 have heard their names called within the lottery, including last 12 months’s No. 4 overall selection by the Toronto Raptors and 2022 Rookie of the 12 months, Scottie Barnes.

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The 2022 NBA Draft isn’t shaping up for an additional Florida State lottery pick, however the Seminoles could add to their list of draft picks with John Butler.

Butler entered his name within the NBA Draft while retaining his college eligibility on April 27.

In his one season in Tallahassee, Butler averaged 5.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game.

Butler scored a career-high 16 points against Notre Dame on March 2. Within the 74-70 win, he shot 4-of-5 from the 3-point line and added eight rebounds and 4 blocks.

For NBA scouts in search of high and untapped potential, look no further than Butler.

As a freshman, the 7-foot-1 prospect displayed a various skillset in 31 games. At his size, Butler operated as a ball-handler, defended multiple positions and shot consistently (39%) from the 3-point line. 

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During a workout in Latest York City earlier this month, Butler left an impression on ESPN NBA Draft analyst Jonathan Givony.

Because the NBA moves away from the normal frontcourt players who operate solely within the post, Butler projects as a stretch big who’s comfortable on the perimeter. Specifically, in pick-and-roll scenarios through “pops” where he can catch-and-shoot. His ball-handling also makes him a threat leading transitions and fastbreaks.

The 2022 NBA Draft mix is May 16-22, where Butler will receive official measurements and testing while having the chance to take part in live scrimmages.

Butler has until June 13 to notify the NBA of his draft decision, but with a view to keep his college eligibility, he has to withdraw by June 1. 

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If Butler returns to Florida State, his experience within the draft process could help his future draft stock and possibly solidify him as a first-round prospect in 2023. 

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