West Virginia men’s basketball will add another legend into the record books on Saturday, as former guard Da’Sean Butler will be officially inducted in the 2020 WVU Sports Hall of Fame.
Butler will become the 60th men’s basketball player in the history of West Virginia.
At WVU, Butler appeared in 146 games for the Mountaineers, winning a program-record 107 games. The Newark, New Jersey, native ranks third all-time in scoring at West Virginia with 2,095 points, behind Jerry West (2,309) and “Hot Rod” Hundley (2,180).
Butler was coached under John Beilein and Bob Huggins during his four seasons from 2007-10. The 6-foot-7 guard contributed to an NIT Championship in 2007, a Sweet 16 in 2008 and a Final Four appearance in 2010.
Butler’s leadership his senior season helped West Virginia reach their first Final Four since 1959. The Mountaineers defeated Morgan State, Missouri, Washington and Kentucky to make history.
The newly inducted WVU hall of famer was a huge factor in the Mountaineers taking home the 2010 Big East Conference Championship, as Butler hit game-winners against Cincinnati and Georgetown. Butler hit six game-winners during his final season at West Virginia.
After his career at WVU, Butler was drafted in the second round of the 2010 NBA draft by the Miami Heat. Butler went on to have a successful international career, playing for nine years. Butler played in Latvia, Belgium, France, Germany, Jerusalem, Israel and the NBA G-League.
So what is Butler doing now?
Following his playing career, Butler went on to pursue a coaching career. The former Mountaineer wanted to give back and watch his won players grow and develop. In February of 2021, Butler was hired by Wheeling University as an assistant. Butler went on to complete a season with the Cardinals and then coached the West Virginia alumni team, Best Virginia, in the 2021 TBT.
On Friday, it was announced that Butler will go ahead and coach in the NBA G-League for the 2021-22 season.
BIG NEWS: Congratulations to our guy, our bro, @TheDaSeanButler on his next move – assistant coach in the NBA G-League!
Follow along as we find out where, exactly 👀 pic.twitter.com/rZqwlTXTWB
— BEST VIRGINIA • FINAL FOURCAST PODCAST (@finalfourcast) September 17, 2021
Butler reflected on his early beginnings to his coaching career and gives much credit to Huggins.
“Coach Huggins has a very unique way of motivating you to do things that you didn’t even know you could do,” Butler said. “That motivation helped instill a different kind of confidence in myself because it just made me feel like I could do anything. Any obstacle that was thrown at me in life I could figure out because of how he prepared me. I’m forever grateful that I have him as a mentor.”
Butler will finally celebrate his induction into the WVU Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, as he was inducted in 2020.
(Top Photo: Dave Ryan and Garrett Yurisko)