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.