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Player profile

(Updated June 2022)
Greenville, S.C.
high school
Christ Church Episcopal


PTS: 16 vs. Notre Dame (3-2-22)
REBS: 8 vs. Notre Dame (3-2-22)
STLS: 2 at Wake Forest (1-4-22), vs. Duke (1-18-22), vs. Wake Forest (2-5-22), vs. Pittsburgh (2-9-22)
BLKS: 4 vs. Notre Dame (3-2-22)
ASTS: 3 vs Missouri (11-22-21), vs. Clemson (2-2-22)


“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 wore 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.


Declared his intentions to submit his name for consideration into to the 2022 NBA Draft on April 27, 2022…decided on June 1, 2022 to make his commitment final and enter himself as an early entry candidate for the 2022 NBA Draft…the fifth one-and-done player in Florida State history joining former Seminoles Malik Beasley (first round pick of the Denver Nuggets in 2016), Jonathan Isaac (first round Draft Lottery pick of the Orlando Magic in 2017), Patrick Williams (first round Draft Lottery pick of the Chicago Bulls in 2020) and Scottie Barnes (first round Draft Lottery Pick of the Toronto Raptors in 2021)…successfully completed his academic course load during his only season at Florida State…one of only three Seminoles to play each of Florida State’s 31 games during the 2021-22 season, his only year as a Seminole…started 24 of the Seminoles’ 31 games with starting assignments coming in 24 of the final 25 games of the year…started 19 of the Seminoles’ 20 ACC games…moved into Florida State’s starting lineup on November 30, 2021 against Purdue in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge and started every game until the Seminoles’ win over NC State on Senior Day on March 5 at the Donald L. Tucker Center…averaged 18.9 minutes played per game as one of seven Seminoles who averaged 18 or minutes of playing time per game during his only season as a Seminole…the first freshman in Florida State history to lead the team in 3-point field goals made (33)  and 3-point field goal percentage shooting (.393)…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…shared the award as Florida State’s top 3-point field goal shooter as the Seminoles’ Annual season-ending Honors Banquet. 


Averaged 5.9 points (seventh on the team), 3.2 rebounds (fifth), 1.2 blocked shots (first) and made 33 3-point shots (first)…led the Seminoles in both 3-point field goals made and blocked shots…led the Seminoles with 33 3-point shots made as he became the first true freshman in school history to lead Florida State in 3-point shots made (33) and 3-point field goal shooting percentage (.393)…made his single-game career-high of four 3-point shots in totaling his career-high of 16 points in Florida State’s 74-70 win over Notre Dame at the Donald L. Tucker Center (March 2)…multiple 3-point shots came in 10 of his 31 games with at least three made shots from long range coming against Lipscomb (three, 11 points, Dec. 15), Duke (three, 14 points, Jan. 18), and against Notre Dame (four, 16 points)…Florida State’s leader in blocked shots with 36 as he became the first freshman since Ike Obiagu during the 2017-18 season to lead Florida State in blocked shots…career-high four blocked shots in the Seminoles’ victory over Notre Dame at home…totaled three or more blocked shots in five games – against Loyola Marymount in the Jacksonville Classic (three, Nov. 21), Clemson (three, Feb. 15), at Boston College (three, Feb. 21), against NC State (three, March 5) and his career high of four in Florida State’s win over Notre Dame…In double figure scoring five times with three double figure scoring games coming in ACC play…totaled 10 or more points with 14 points in Florida State’s victory over No. 5 Duke, his career-high of 16 against Notre Dame and 11 against NC Stare as he came off of the bench at home to lead the Seminoles to the win…also totaled double figures at Purdue (10 points, Nov. 30) in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge in his first career start and at home against Lipscomb (Dec. 15)…averaged 18.9 minutes played per game as one of seven Seminoles who averaged 18 or minutes of playing time per game during his only season as a Seminole…double figure minutes played came in 29 of 31 games and in 18 of 10 ACC games…totaled 4 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot in Florida State’s season-opening win over Penn at the Donald L. Tucker Center…the Seminoles defeated the Quakers by a 105-70 margin (Nov 10)…scored 8 points on 2 made 3-point field goals and blocked two shots in 15 minutes of play in Florida State’s game against Florida in Gainesville (Nov. 14)…scored 6 points with 1 rebound and 1 assist in Florida State’s 59-54 win over Tulane at the Donald L. Tucker Center (Nov. 17)…totaled 2 points, 3 assists and 1 rebound in Florida State’s 81-58 win over Missouri in the championship game of the Jacksonville Classic (Nov. 22)…totaled 5 points and 2 rebounds in 12 minutes of playing time in Florida State’s 81-80 overtime win over Boston University at the Donald L. Tucker Center (Nov. 24)…scored 10 points and pulled down a team-high 5 rebounds as a first-time starter in Florida State’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge game at Purdue…scored 8 points to go along with 5 rebounds and 1 steal as a starter in Florida State’s game against South Carolina in the Inaugural No Room For Racism Classic in Rock Hill, S.C. (Dec. 12)…a stat stuffer game with 11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocked shots and 1 steal in Florida State’s win over Lipscomb at the Donald L. Tucker Center (Dec. 15)…finished with 5 points and 5 rebounds in Florida State’s victory over 79-70 victory over Louisville at the Donald L. Tucker Center (Jan. 8)…totaled 6 points and 2 made 3-point shots in Florida State’s 65-64 win over Miami at the Donald L. Tucker Center (Jan. 11)…scored 14 points, with 2 rebounds and 2 blocked shots in Florida State’s 79-78 overtime victory over No. 5 Duke at the Donald L. Tucker Center…made three of four 3-point shots in the Seminoles’ win over the Blue Devils (Jan. 18)…totaled 8 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist in Florida State’s home game against Virginia Tech (Jan. 29)…scored 9 points with 7 rebounds and 2 blocked shots in Florida State’s game at North Carolina (Feb. 12)…scored 7 points with 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 blocked shot in Florida State’s 64-63 win over Virginia in Charlottesville (Feb. 26)…a career-high 16 points with 8 rebounds and 4 blocked shots in Florida State’s 74-70 win over Notre Dame at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center…in double figures with 11 points, 3 rebounds, 3 blocked shots and 1 assist in Florida State’s 89-76 win over NC State on Senior Day at the Donald L. Tucker Center (March 5)…totaled 6 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocked shots in Florida State’s game against Syracuse in the ACC Tournament at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. (March 9).


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 brother, 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.