Penn State's newest freshmen are on campus and already on the climb ahead of the 2017-18 season. In a three-part series, get to know all three newcomers in a closer look at why they chose Penn State and what to expect this year.
Vitals - At 6 feet 8 inches tall and 220 pounds, it's safe to say the Pennsylvania native certainly isn't lacking in size. Calling Bloomsburg home, the power forward grew up less than 90 miles from Happy Valley, before finishing his last two years in high school at the Community School of Naples in Florida.
With size, it's obvious Buttrick brings length, but having also averaged 18.2 points and 10.8 rebounds per game with 17 double-doubles in his senior season, there's also shooting potential, especially around the perimeter. Buttrick also closed out his high school career ranked among the top five in school history with 873 career points.
In His Own Words - For Buttrick, who is the youngest of seven children with five brothers and one sister, Penn State is where he has always wanted to be. Building strong relationships with the coaching staff throughout his recruitment process, Buttrick committed to the Nittany Lions before even coming up the coast to visit, joining his older brother Christain, who graduated from Penn State three years ago.
"I'd been pretty familiar with campus, I'd seen it before and I had never seen any of the basketball facilities but I just knew this was where I wanted to go so I didn't have to visit," Buttick said. "This is the dream, I'm living the dream."
On Penn State Basketball - When Buttrick thinks about Penn State basketball, intensity comes to mind as he noted from the time he arrived, it's been all about maximum intensity each day. It's not entirely surprising that workouts are already completely different from anything he has experienced though.
"They are just intense every single day," Buttrick said. "You think they are going to keep getting easier but they keep pushing you to that breaking point and you just keep getting mentally challenging every single day."