The Times West Virginian

July 25, 2013

Butler to continue career in Belgium

Times West Virginian

MORGANTOWN — Former West Virginia University star basketball player Da’Sean Butler is going to make one more effort at resurrecting his professional career by playing in Belgium for Okapi Aalstar.

Butler, who led the Mountaineers to the Final Four in 2010, saw his NBA dreams come crashing down with nine minutes left to play against Duke in the national semifinal game when he blew out his ACL while driving the baseline.

As a senior Butler was among the nation’s top performers, averaging 17.2 points per game and hitting four game-winning shots.

WVU won its first ever Big East title that season.

Despite the injury and his first of three surgeries, Miami took a chance and drafted him with the 42nd pick, but he never got a chance to play for the Heat.

Butler played in the NBA Developmental League and spent a brief period of time in the Latvijas Basketball League but he never reached top form.

Last year he served WVU coach Bob Huggins as a graduate assistant but has decided to take one last shot at trying to work his way to the NBA.