Cranston, a former Orlando (Fla.) Evans standout, averages 10 points and 10 rebounds for Anthony Andre's team.
"He had a lot of folks waiting and looking and hoping," Andre said. "People were coming and going and Butler was the most consistent school recruiting him
"They like how he can run the floor and defend the post. He can hit the 15-footer, he'll make passes and even break the press. It was a variety of things."
Cranston posted a 3.0 GPA this semester and he's on target to graduate.
"They see him playing the four and guarding post players. Deaundre has an exceptionally long reach, it's deceptive. He'll defend taller guys just because of his reach."