Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Four-star big man Jordan Butler commits to Missouri
Jordan Butler, the 7-foot center from Christ Church Episcopal (S.C.), committed to Missouri over South Carolina on Wednesday.
He is ranked the No. 15 center in the Class of 2023 by 247Sports.com.
“I ultimately chose Missouri because of the culture and play style,” Butler told On3. “They believe in me and I’m comfortable around coach C.Y. (Young) and coach (Dennis) Gates. Mizzou has a plan for me. They develop guys and produce NBA players left and right and have experience with very skilled and versatile guys. I just believe it’s the best school for me to follow my dreams and get to the league.”
He added: “The program is getting a very skilled and versatile player. A very big forward who wants to get better and someone who knocks down deep shots. A very unselfish player who can dribble, shoot, pass and play defense.”
He joins point guard Anthony Robinson III and small forward Trent Pierce in Missouri’s 2023 class.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.