WHAT DOES DEVIN'S FUTURE HOLD?
A deadeye shooter, Devin Butts’ recruitment is heading into the homestretch as he expects to make a college decision following his visit tour and sign during the early period in November. The 6-foot-5 marksman has already made official trips to Georgia State, South Florida, and Wichita State and is scheduled to visit Mississippi State this weekend. With one official visit left, he tells hypesouth.com there are still several schools trying to get involved late, but no additional dates have been set as of now. With that said, myself and several other reputable hoopheads like Shun Williams (On the Radar Hoops), Dan McDonald (Rivals), Tai Young (Hoopseen), and Samad Hines (Prep Hoops Georgia), make our predictions on his potential landing spot.
While most are in awe of Butts’ shooting prowess, Wichita State is impressed with his overall playmaking ability. Like ex-Shocker and 2018 NBA first round pick, Landry Shamet, the coaching staff believes Butts could have a similar path by making the full-time transition to point guard given his size and scoring ability. “Hearing the constant comparisons and knowing Shamet got drafted from Wichita State has piqued my interest. It is definitely a plus to know they have a tradition of winning and sending players to the next level.”
South Florida is seemingly the darkhorse in the Devin Butts sweepstakes, however, don’t count the Bulls out yet. Butts took an official trip to Tampa, Florida last week and came away very impressed. Beware, USF is in constant contact and is making a strong case late. “I really like the coaches, campus is nice, and I love their facilities. They have a good thing going down there. The city is awesome and the hospitality was great.”
With the departure of All-SEC performer Quinndary Weatherspoon on the horizon, Mississippi State is hot on Butts’ trail. The Bulldogs will be looking to fill that perimeter scoring void and feel very strongly Butts fits the description. “The opportunity to come in and compete for heavy minutes as a true freshman and play in a Power 5 Conference are very intriguing.“
Georgia State threw its name into the hat early offering Butts in the spring and have prioritized him ever since. The Panthers entire coaching staff tracked him heavily and were in attendance at every game thereafter. With Devin Mitchell in line to graduate and D’Marcus Simonds potentially entering his name into the 2019 NBA draft, the chance to play early is a real possibility. Make no mistake about it, Butts is the No.1 prospect on Georgia State’s big board. “I love the area and campus set up and proximity to home. The faculty, staff, and players did a great job forming a relationship with me which made me feel wanted. Their style of play definitely fits my game and Georgia State is somewhere I can see myself playing.”