Penn State Basketball has its first and perhaps only commitment for the class of 2017. That man is Trent Buttrick, a 6’8” power forward from Naples, Florida by way of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. Buttrick is not ranked by the major recruiting sites, which makes this move by Pat Chambers seem risky and a bit odd, especially after the 2015 and 2016 classes were filled with highly ranked prospects like Mike Watkins, Josh Reaves, Tony Carr, and Lamar Stevens.
There are no seniors on this year’s team, but a scholarship opened up for the Lions when Joe Hampton of the 2016 class left the program before the start of this season. Buttrick fills that void and could give Penn State some range from the power forward position in the future. With Watkins on board next year in addition to Julian Moore and Virginia Tech transfer Satchel Pierce, the Lions should have plenty of traditional big men, but Buttrick’s combination of size and shooting makes him a unique asset that Chambers may choose to utilize right away.
Buttrick looks like he is playing against smaller athletes in that video, but the jumper looks pretty decent, right? We don’t know too much about this prospect, but we do know that he is committed to Penn State. Hopefully hoards of Nittany Lion supporters will be packing the Bryce Jordan Center to sing his praises in the future.