Lamar Butler

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Lamar Butler
Point guard / Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1983-12-21) December 21, 1983 (age 31)
Fort Washington, Maryland
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Career information
High school Oxon Hill (Oxon Hill, Maryland)
College George Mason (2001–2006)
NBA draft 2006 / Undrafted
Pro career 2006–2010
Career history
2006–2007 BK Prostějov (Czech Republic)
2007–2008 Pertevniyal Istanbul (Turkey 2nd)
2008–2009 Colorado 14ers (D-League)
2009 Reno Bighorns (D-League)
2009–2010 Tofaş S.K. (Turkey)

Lamar Edward Butler, Jr. (born December 21, 1983) is an American former basketball player. He was a starting guard for the Patriots of George Mason University during the Patriots' surprising run to the Final Four.

College career[edit]

During George Mason's captivating run through the NCAA tournament, Butler became a symbol of Cinderella and the tournament collectively with his tenacious heart and infectious smile and was featured on the cover of the March 27, 2006 Sports Illustrated. Following GMU's stunning 86-84 overtime victory against the top-seeded UConn Huskies in the Washington D.C. Regional Final, Butler was named the region's Most Valuable Player. He scored 13 points against Michigan State in the first round, 18 points against North Carolina in the second round, 14 points against Wichita State in the Sweet Sixteen, and 19 points against UConn.

After the regional final, Butler and his father were in tears as they hugged in length on the court. It hearkened memories of Butler's recruiting by GMU, during which he brashly predicted to Coach Jim Larranaga that he would lead the Patriots to the Final Four.

"I think I was joking when I said that," Butler said. "I started dreaming when I got to college. It shows you anything can happen."

Butler and the Patriots then headed to Indianapolis, where they faced the Florida Gators, led by Minnesota Regional MVP Joakim Noah. To the dismay of many across the country rooting for the team leading one of the greatest Cinderella stories in sports history, George Mason was defeated by Florida in the Final Four 73-58 on Saturday, April 1, 2006. In his final game as an NCAA athlete, Butler played 36 minutes where he scored 8 points (4 of 7 FGs, 0 of 2 3PTs) had 4 rebounds, and 1 assist. He will remain etched in NCAA basketball lore for the role he played in George Mason's run.

He averaged 12.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game during the 2005–2006 season.

Professional career[edit]

Since graduating, Butler was offered to join the summer league for the Washington Wizards only to have the deal revoked. As of March, 2007, he is playing with BK Prostejov in the Czech Republic at $8,000 a month.[1]

During the 2008-09 season, Lamar has played 23 games for the NBA Development League's Colorado 14ers where he is averaging 15 minutes, 6 points and 2 assists per game.

On March 5, 2009 he was waived by Colorado and a few days later picked up by the Reno Bighorns.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]