Former West Virginia basketball star Da’Sean Butler is giving professional basketball another chance, just as a coach this time.
Butler will be joining a currently unspecified NBA G-League team as an assistant coach this, the Best Virginia Twitter account announced Friday afternoon. He has spent 2021 serving as an assistant coach for the Wheeling University basketball team.
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
After a decade of professional basketball in the United States and overseas (with stops in Latvia, Belgium, France, Germany and Israel), Butler returned to coaching this year (aside from a one-year graduate assistant position with WVU in 2012-13). He was announced as an assistant on Wheeling head coach Chris Richardson’s staff in February.
Prior to his professional career, Butler played four seasons with WVU basketball, finishing his career as the third-leading scorer in program history. As a senior in the 2009-10 season, Butler led the Mountaineers to the Final Foul in the NCAA Tournament, eventually bowing out to Duke.
In his four seasons at WVU, he averaged 14.3 points per game, 5.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game while shooting 35% from the field, 35% from 3-point range and 73% from the free throw line. Butler was inducted into the WVU Sports Hall of Fame last year.
While Butler’s G-League team isn’t known yet, it will be announced in the near future.