The Missouri Tigers were the big winners on Wednesday, October 5th, when they landed a 4-star recruit in Jordan Butler.
Jordan Butler is listed as a forward. He has a large 6-foot-11 frame which means he could play the center position as well. Recruiting experts point to Butler’s size, rebounding prowess, shot-blocking, and ability to finish near the rim as his best assets. These assets are why he was so sought after by many programs. Butler has raw skills that are still in development, but one thing he has that is not easy to replicate is height. You cannot teach size.
Butler was listed as the No. 2 recruit in the state of South Carolina, and the 119th recruit in the nation. He received offers from South Carolina, Auburn, Wake Forest, Florida State, Georgia, and Georgia Tech. Butler narrowed his decision down to South Carolina, Auburn, and South Carolina.
"“Everything from the coaching staff to the play style (separated Missouri). Major thing was how well they develop their players, get them to the league. Their resume is really good … I want to be an NBA player and I think that’s my best chance (at) Missouri.”"
Missouri Tigers Associate Coach, C.Y. Young signed Jordan’s older brother, John Butler at Florida State, a few years back, which is the strongest link between Butler and the University of Missouri. This proved to be helpful, and opened doors for dialogue, ending with Jordan Butler committing to Mizzou.
In his senior year, Butler has averages of 14.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 3.8 blocks per game. The blocks per game jump off the page. An elite rim protector in a conference as competitive as the SEC is a borderline necessity, more so than a luxury.
Missouri Head Coach, Dennis gates continues to add talent to the team, setting the Tigers up nicely for the years ahead. It is hard to not be excited about what Dennis Gates has done so far. To date, he has secured countless transfers, including many from his former Cleveland State; and has now closed on three recruits for the 2023 class ranked in Rivals.com top 150. Coach Gates is making his presence felt in Columbia and the future is looking bright for the Missouri Tigers.
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