MU Claims 30th Selection For Second-Straight Year
Former Marquette University men's basketball standout Jimmy Butler became the 54th player in school history to be selected in the National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft when he was picked 30th by the Chicago Bulls Thursday night.
Its an incredible feeling, Butler said. I was speechless and couldn't say anything. I had to just walk outside and try to compose myself.
I thought the Bulls were one of the top teams interested, but you never know, Butler added. I couldn't be happier and look forward to heading up there this weekend.
The Golden Eagles have now been represented in the NBA Draft in each of the past two seasons. Forward Lazar Hayward was selected 30th overall (first round) in 2010 by the Washington Wizards and later was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
I am really happy for him,â?? head coach Buzz Williams said. Its an unbelievable story when you think about his path to Marquette and all that he has been able to accomplish, some of which is just now coming to fruition.
A three-year letterwinner at Marquette, Butler averaged 12.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game in 106 appearances. He shot 50.8 percent from the field, 38.3 percent from behind the 3-point line and 77.3 percent from the charity stripe. A two-time All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention selection, Butler is one of just 19 players in school history to collect 1,000 career points (1,277) and 500 rebounds (579).
Jimmy's evolution as a player is a credit to who he is as a person, Williams added. His versatility is so valuable that it got to a point where we couldn't take him off the floor as a senior. What has been such a great trait for him is his intelligence. He completely understood what we were trying to do on both ends of the floor.
Heâ??s able to think the next play, or the next pass, and react accordingly whether he was on offense or defense, Williams said. He had 17 workouts and I think teams were beginning to see that more and more as the process went along.
The Tomball, Texas, native was a NJCAA Honorable Mention All-America selection at Tyler (Texas) Junior College in 2007-08, averaging 18.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. He was a first team all-region honoree and helped the team to the teamâ??s first outright league title in 21 years.