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Butler will stay in NBA draft

Florida State’s John Butler Jr. has opted to stay in the NBA draft, he told CBSSports.com’s Jon Rothstein. The freshman forward had until midnight on June 1 to withdraw his name from the draft if he wanted to have a chance to return to FSU.

Butler scored 5.9 points, pulled down 3.2 rebounds and made 39.3 percent of his 3-point attempts in the 2021-22 season. The 6-foot-10 Butler is not viewed as a first-round pick in the June draft but could be taken in the second round and placed on a G League roster, where he would be developed for the future. He has worked out at the NBA draft combine in May.

On Wednesday evening, Butler confirmed his decision with a post on his Instagram in which he thanked teammates and fans:

FSU will return just five players with college experience at FSU: Caleb Mills, Matthew Cleveland, Cam’Ron Fletcher, Jalen Warley and Naheem McLeod. They will be joined by a pair of transfers, Jaylan Gainey and Darin Green Jr., as well as five true freshmen C Cameron Corhen, G Chandler Jackson, F De’Ante Green, G Jeremiah Bembry, F Tom House.