The Connecticut high school product out of Woodstock Academy has already received offers from Butler, Indiana University, UMass, Penn State, and South Carolina, while receiving interest from UConn, Marquette, Georgia Tech, and Iowa among others.
The 6’7″, 225 pound junior power forward averaged 16 points and 7 rebounds for Woodstock Academy, but his stock really took off after a strong showing at the Nike EYBL AAU Circuit:
Although a bit undersized for a collegiate power forward, Cross has primarily played in the post for Woodstock Academy (due to his size at that level), showing a strong motor, exceptional rebounding ability, and adept passing skills
Offensively, he has the ability to spot up, and shoot or drive off the bounce, much like former Butler power forward (and fellow east coast native) Andrew Chrabascz–although he’s not quite as big.
Although Butler will have transfer Bryce Nze eligible this season as a junior power forward, the long-term future of the position remains unsettled.
Butler doesn’t have an underclassman in the pipeline who projects be a future starter at power forward (*if you consider incoming freshman John-Michael Mulloy more of a center), so Cross would have the ability to earn a lot of immediate minutes from the get-go at the position.
Simply put, he’d be a welcome addition to the Butler frontcourt going forward.