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Player profile

(Updated August 2021)
Greenville, S.C.
high school
Christ Church Episcopal


“It is John Butler’s offensive skill set that really opens your eyes. He is able to shoot the 3-ball with consistency, both off the catch and the bounce. Watching him play, throughout the course of a game, you will watch him rebound and push the break, two dribble pull ups (going both ways), finish above the rim and just overall ooze incredible skill and upside,” said the editors of the Phenom Magazine.


2021-22 ACC Impact Freshman (CBS Sports)


I will wear No 22 at Florida State because that’s the number I wore during my EYBL career.  My nickname is “Duece Duece” and that’s what my friends call me because I wear No. 22.  My favorite number is 13 – and I wore that in high school – but that’s a retired number at Florida State (Dave Cowens).

Tim Pickett wore No. 22 during his two-year career at Florida State (2003-2004).  He was the first All-ACC First-Team selection under Head Coach Leonard Hamilton (2004).  In only two years at the Division I level Pickett was a two-time All-ACC selection (First-Team in 2004 and Second-Team in 2003), was a two-time All-ACC Defensive Team selection (in both 2003 and 2004) and totaled 164 steals.


My full name is John Erik Butler, Jr. I am named after my father.


My hometown of Greenville, S.C is an expanding city filled with plenty of opportunities and home to many great people who are trying to leave their mark.


The No. 1 recruit in the state of South Carolina as early as his freshman season at Christ Church Episcopal…attended and excelled at the Elite Camp sponsored by the University of Tennessee prior to this freshman year in high school…named as the Elite 24 All-American Camp MVP in 2017…ranked as the 51st best recruit in the nation by the 247Sports composite in the 2021 high school classic…ranked as the No. 10 center and the No. 68 player nationally in the prep class of 2021… ranked No 14 among all prep centers as a junior…has a wingspan of 7-3…brings an incredibly unique skill set to the Seminoles’ rotation…uses his length well and has been coached to play in a defensive stance and with his arms up at all times…playing with his arms up allows him to be an incredible shot blocker…demonstrates a strong court awareness and sees the court well…is also a spot on passer…demonstrates his shooting range beyond the 3-point arc…is athletic, runs the court incredibly well for a freshman…helped the Seminoles garner the No. 2 ranked recruiting class for 2021…played for Team United in the EYBL.


Graduated from Christ Church Episcopal High School in Greenville, S.C. in 2021…played for his father, John, Sr…averaged 20.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and three blocks as a senior…the 2021 Class 2A Boys Player of the Year and an All-State First-Team selection by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association…named to the Carolina’s Classic All-Star game following his senior season…the Carolina’s Classic matches the best players from the state of South and North Carolina…played in the South Carolina North South All-Star game following his senior season…his career-high of 35 points came in a victory over Abbeville during his senior season…totaled double figures in each of his games during his senior season with 20 or more points coming nine times…eight games with double figure rebounds including a senior-season high of 14 in a win over Windemere Prep…at least one blocked shot in each games during his senior season (except for one)…his senior-season high of six blocked shots in two different games against Abbeville…scored 25 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and blocked five shots as he led Christ Church to the 2021 2A State Championship with a 58-49 victory over Wade Hampton…it was the first basketball state championship title in school history…led Christ Church to the third round of the 2020 Class 2A State Championship playoffs as a junior…averaged 17.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.0 blocked shots per game as a sophomore.


Born December 4, 2002…John is the son of Casie and John Butler, Sr…his mom played basketball at the University of South Carolina from 1996-2000…his dad also attended South Carolina…his mom is 6-3 and his dad is 6-5…a bother, Jordan, is 6-9…Jordan participated in the USA Men’s Junior National Team minicamp in May of 2021 in Houston…a second brother, Joshua, was a ballboy for John’s high school state championship team in 2021…John and Jordan played together on the same high school team…grew six inches between the sixth and seventh grade and now wears a size 16 sneaker…chose Florida State over Baylor, Georgia Tech, Alabama, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest…made only one official visit – to Florida State – in September of 2019…major is Business.