Ephraim Butler, a 6-foot point guard from Berkeley (SC) High School announced his commitment to Francis Marion (D2) on Saturday. Butler caught up with us at Big Shots to discuss his decision.

“Their coaching staff made me feel like a priority, they always kept in contact,” Butler told Big Shots. “The told me I could be the future of their program and it is close to home. I feel like I can go in and make an impact early.”

With garnering plenty of division 1 interest, we asked Butler why he made the decision to go division 2.

“It never really mattered to me about going division 1 or division 2. I just wanted to go where I knew I had a chance to play and go where I felt wanted. I thought about going to Coastal Carolina. The situation just didn’t work out between us, but I still have respect for their entire coaching staff. I also gave heavy consideration to committing to James Madison. They have a really good coaching staff. I loved they way they do things over there and coach [Louis] Rowe is a straight forward guy and great school academically.”

Butler will be signing his letter of intent with Francis Marion on April 20th. He finished his senior season averaging 22.3 points per game, 4 assists per game, and 2 steals per game. Butler was a member of the All-State team, Region 8-4A Player of the Year, and finished his career with over 1,000 points.

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