It’s now official — 6-foot-8 power forward Trent Buttrick, the Southwest Florida Player of the Year, is a Nittany Lion.
Buttrick, who hails from Bloomsburg, signed his National Letter of Intent with the Penn State men’s basketball team, the team announced Wednesday. As a senior at the Community School of Naples (Fla.), he averaged 18.2 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.
He’s widely regarded as a wildcard for the Nittany Lions, as he has no prospect rating on most of the major recruiting websites such as ESPN and 247. Scout.com offered him a two-star grade.
“Trent is a great addition to our program in that he brings toughness, skill and a high basketball IQ,” coach Pat Chambers said in a news release. “We are happy he chose to return to his home state of Pennsylvania to become a Nittany Lion.”
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Buttrick played two years of basketball at Bloomsburg before finishing his high school career in Florida, where he still ranked among the top 5 all-time with 873 career points. He also holds his program’s single-season rebound record (314) and the single-game record (23).
He originally committed Feb. 8 of this year.
“Can’t wait to start the journey,” Buttrick wrote on Twitter on Wednesday morning.