"I was just looking at the big picture, and I thought academics and how young I was when I committed, that I wanted to look at some other schools," Butler said. "Ohio State was my second choice so I just went down [the list]."
And the Buckeyes must be glad he did.
Ohio State chased a number of point guards throughout the high school and AAU seasons. Now, the best point man in their state is staying home. As easy as the decision was for Butler, it was made even easier by his relationship with future Buckeye Matt Terwilliger.
"Matt is on my [AAU] team and [the Buckeyes] were at all my games so they saw me play all summer." Butler said that it wasn't so much Terwilliger recruiting him to OSU but rather he first went up to Terwilliger to let him know he'd like to go to Columbus.
"Matt had a lot to do with it. Me and Matt are best friends. On the academic side, I wanted to come out four years and have a college degree."
Butler said that initially the Buckeyes were shocked to hear he wished to forgo his commitment to Cincinnati. That "shock" quickly turned to elation when he told them OSU would be his choice. "They were happy," Butler cheerfully said.
OSU's situation at his position needed to be addressed. "I'll come in as a freshman and Tony Stockman will be there. They said he could wind up being a two but they said that I'll have a lot of minutes and could get a lot of playing time."