Lawrence Butler (basketball)

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Lawrence Butler
Personal information
Born(1957-03-15)March 15, 1957
Glasgow, Missouri
DiedOctober 23, 2018(2018-10-23) (aged 61)
Columbia, Missouri
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
NBA draft1979 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33rd overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
PositionShooting guard
Career highlights and awards

Lawrence Eugene Butler (March 15, 1957 – October 23, 2018) was an American basketball player.[1] He is 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.[2][3] 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.[4]

In Lawrence's junior year, his first at Idaho State, he averaged 23.8 points in 26 games played,[4] 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 Famer Larry Bird of Indiana State for the national scoring title. 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)[3] but he never made the team's final roster. Butler never played a game in the NBA.

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  1. ^ Vroman, Linda (October 30, 2018). "Lawrence Butler 1957-2018". The Fayette Advertiser. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ a b "1979 NBA Draft". Sports Reference LLC. 2011. Retrieved January 17, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Lawrence Butler". The Draft Review. 2011. Retrieved January 17, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Associated Press (April 8, 1979), "Butler leads West stars to Aloha win", Lewiston Morning Tribune, pp. 7B, retrieved January 17, 2011