Recruiting

ETSU Transfer, First-Team All-SoCon Guard Bo Hodges Chooses Butler

East Tennessee State University transfer guard Bo Hodges announced via his personal Twitter account that he’s chosen Butler University as his next collegiate stop–which is great news for the Bulldogs:

The 6’5″, 210 pound junior guard averaged 12.7 ppg., 5.8 rpg., 2.5 apg., and 1.4 spg. during 29.9 mpg. in 33 starts this past season–shooting .502 from FG% and .250 from 3PT%.

Last season, he earned First-Team All-SoCon Honors. He was previously named to the Third-Team All-SoCon (2018-19) and also earned SoCon Freshman of the Year and SoCon All-Freshman Team honors (2017-18) respectively.

On the road, Hodges scored 22 points (8-14 FG) against #4 Kansas and 13 points (6-11 FG) versus LSU last season respectively for a Buccaneers squad that went 30-4 in 2019.

His season high was 27 points (12-17 FG) against Chattanooga.

Butler was previously named one of 5 finalists for Hodges in a group that included ETSU (returning), Minnesota, Arkansas, and Tennessee State.

Hodges was ESPN Jeff Borzello‘s 19th best ranked transfer overall:

Bo Hodges, 6-5, 210 pounds, SG, Jr., East Tennessee State
First-team All-SoCon pick averaged 12.7 points and 5.8 rebounds last season after leading the Buccaneers to a 30-4 record. Hodges could still return to ETSU, but several high-major programs are in the mix.

He’s currently a “sit-one, play-one” transfer, who should help provide experience and scoring to a Butler starting lineup a year from now (2021-22) that should be a pretty green group outside starting center Bryce Golden (then a future senior).

It’s possible though that Hodges could be eligible for a waiver to the sit-out rule since former ETSU head coach Steve Forbes departed for the vacant Wake Forest job.

Butler had a scholarship officially open up for the 2020-21 season earlier this weekend after junior forward Jordan Tucker announced he’s remaining in the NBA Draft process and foregoing his final season of eligibility with the Bulldogs.

Hodges has shown the ability to dribble-and-drive as a scorer with the skill-set to finish around the rim and impressive athleticism–as well as a knack for hitting the glass:

Defensively, he’s shown the versatility, quickness, and length to be an impact perimeter defender.

Hodges should bring a polished scoring guard/wing to Butler’s starting lineup during the 2021-22 season and is a welcome addition to the Bulldogs (who’s also been lauded for his high character)–even if the program ultimately has to wait a year to watch him play.

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