Lawrence Butler (basketball)

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Lawrence Butler
Personal information
Born (1957-03-15) March 15, 1957 (age 58)
Glasgow, Missouri
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
College Western Texas CC (1975–1977)
Idaho State (1977–1979)
NBA draft 1979 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33rd overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Position Shooting guard
Career highlights and awards

Lawrence Butler (born March 15, 1957) is a former American basketball player best remembered for leading NCAA Division I in scoring as a senior in 1978–79 and then getting selected by the Chicago Bulls in that year's NBA draft, although he ultimately never played a game in the league.[1][2] Lawrence was from Glasgow, Missouri and played college basketball at Western Texas Community College for two years before playing at Idaho State for his final two seasons.[3]

In Lawrence's junior year, his first at Idaho State, he averaged 23.8 points in 26 games played,[3] which led the conference in scoring. The following season, Lawrence's per-game scoring average jumped to 30.1, beating out future Basketball Hall of Famers Magic Johnson of Michigan State and Larry Bird of Indiana State for the national scoring title.[4] He was the first ever recipient of the Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year award and was selected to play in the Aloha Classic Basketball All-Star Game, in which the nation's top players were chosen to play.[5] Butler scored a game-high 18 points as his West team defeated the Midwest team, 119–107.[5]

After his collegiate career had ended, the Chicago Bulls selected him as the 11th pick in the second round (33rd overall)[2] but he never made the team's final roster. Butler never played a game in the NBA.[4]

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  1. ^ "2009–10 NCAA Men's Basketball Records" (PDF). 2010–11 NCAA Men's Basketball Media Guide. National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2010. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "1979 NBA Draft". Sports Reference LLC. 2011. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Lawrence Butler". The Draft Review. 2011. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "3 Rarely Known Historical Facts About the Idaho State Bengals Men's Basketball Team". Hinzie Media Inc. 2008. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Associated Press (April 8, 1979), "Butler leads West stars to Aloha win", Lewiston Morning Tribune: 7B, retrieved January 17, 2011