Butts Picks Rutgers

Clinton Christian (Upper Marlboro, Md.) 2015 power forward Leroy Butts celebrated his birthday in style Friday by making his verbal commitment to Rutgers. Butts chose the Scarlet Knights over DePaul, Cincinnati and Miami and comes from the reputable DC Assault AAU program.

The good news for Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan began early Friday. Hours before making his coaching debut against Florida A&M, he accepted the verbal commitment of Upper Marlboro (Md.) Clinton Christian 2015 forward LeRoy Butts.

The three-star, 6-foot-7 forward made the call on his birthday, and will make the two-hour drive to campus for the season opener tonight.

"I feel good to join the family," Butts said. "I know Rutgers was the right choice because I like the campus and the coaches a lot. I could have a chance to play early."

Butts visited Rutgers in September, and said the experience with Jordan and assistant head coach David Cox had him almost ready to commit then.

"I fell in love with their campus, that was my favorite part," Butts said. "It's just a great place."

Butts played last year at Arlington (Va.) Bishop O'Connell alongside now Rutgers freshman Junior Etou. He got to know Jordan and Cox because of their ties to his AAU program DC Assault.

"He (Jordan) is a great coach." Butts said. "He's an NBA coach, and he was very good. He knows what it takes. … He said they need guys like me in their class because they're losing a lot. I'd get a chance to play right away because they're not going to have a lot at my position."

Butts is a three-star power forward in the class of 2015, and the second commit for the Scarlet Knights. He chose Rutgers over finalists Cincinnati and DePaul.

"Leroy is a versatile forward who really runs the court well," said Scout.com national basketball analyst Brian Snow. "He's a pretty good rebounded. He's developing on offense, but his motor and his athleticism is what separates him as a prospect."

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