The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns are set to add talented SEC transfer, Devin Butts, to their roster this offseason.
Butts, a former Mississippi State Bulldog, will now trade in his maroon and white for our Ragin’ Cajun red.
Butts is a 6-foot-6 guard who will have three years of eligibility remaining. He is the second Division I transfer to join the Ragin’ Cajuns during the offseason, joining University of Portland transfer Theo Akwuba.
“Devin is a wing player who can play multiple positions, has a good feel for the game, and can score at all three levels,” Head Coach Bob Marlin said. “His time at Mississippi State was great for his college development. He has competed against some really good players with length and athleticism.”
As one of the top players in the state of Georgia, Butts averaged a whopping 28.0 points per game his senior year and was a two-time All-state selection.
Butts is listed as a three-star prospect by 247Sports and held offers from over 20 Division I programs.
“We look for Devin to space the floor, attack in transition, and defend using his athleticism and length. Devin has a good pedigree, his father (Derex Butts) was a good player at Texas Tech back in the early 90s.”
Though Butts will have to sit out the 2020-21 season due to transfer rules, this will give him plenty of time to polish his game and prepare mentally and physically for his time in Lafayette.
Louisiana has been quite active this offseason, adding multiple transfers, but have had their share of dismay.
Wednesday, the Ragin’ Cajuns leading scorer and rebound getter, Jalen Johnson, entered the transfer portal to explore options elsewhere as a graduate transfer, giving him two years of eligibility remaining.
The 6-foot-7 Baton Rouge native spent one season with the Ragin' Cajuns after sitting out the 2018-19 season as a Saint Louis transfer. Johnson averaged 15.5 points and 6.6 rebounds this season, shooting 28.9% from 3-point land and 82.9% at the free-throw line.
“We appreciate Jalen's contributions to our basketball team, both on and off the court, during the 2019-20 season," Marlin said in a statement. "He spoke with me in the past couple of weeks about early entry into the NBA Draft and he has completed his paperwork. Jalen is on course to graduate this spring and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Though the Cajuns will be losing a huge piece of their squad in Johnson, the addition of multiple transfers and signings in this year’s recruiting class will help drastically.
Devin Butts will be a huge addition to our team, once eligible, as he is a lethal scorer from all three levels and can really spread the floor.
Luckily, the Cajuns retain starters Cedric Russell, their No. 2 scorer last season, and Sun Belt Freshman of the Year Mylik Wilson, along with Kobe Julien, who had been starting as a freshman before getting injured in early December and undergoing knee surgery.