- Nicknames: “Big Head” (coined by Lazar Hayward)
- Position: F/G
- Height: 6'6”
- Weight: 215 lbs.
- Birthdate: 9/14/1989
- Hometown: Tomball, TX
- High School: Tomball HS in Tomball, TX
- Last College: Tyler (TX) JC
A 2007 graduate of Tomball High School in Texas, Butler was a first team all-district selection by the Houston Chronicle. He was a two-year letter winner with the program at the varsity level and averaged over 20.0 points per game as a senior.
Butler was a full qualifier out of Tomball high school and had planned on attending Mississippi State but they ran out of scholarships. To improve his basketball skills and attract more national attention he chose to go to Tyler Junior College rather than signing with a low Division I school or going to a Prep School.
Butler was also recruited and had offers from Kentucky, Clemson, Mississippi State and Iowa State.
Butler led Tyler in scoring at 18.2 points per game while also pulling down 7.7 rebounds and dishing out 3.1 assists. He shot 54.8% overall, 42.2% from three-point range (19 for 45) and 71.3% from the free-throw line (154 for 216). Butler was a NJCAA Honorable Mention All-America selection at Tyler Junior College in 2007-08 and he helped guide the Apaches to a national ranking of 10th in the country and the program's first outright league title in 21 seasons.
He committed to Marquette without even visiting the campus.
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Earned MU's “Super Sub” Award … finished 15th in the BIG EAST in free throw percentage (.768) … led MU reserves in scoring 22 times, including each of the team's last 15 games … shot 5-of-8 from the field and scored 10 points with four rebounds in his debut with the Golden Eagles vs. Houston Baptist (11/14) … Recorded six points and shot 4-of-4 from the foul line in addition to four offensive rebounds vs. Texas Southern (11/25) … Had four offensive rebounds and scoreClaimd four points with two assists vs. Northern Iowa (11/28) … Scored five of his seven points in the first half, shot 5-of-6 from the foul line and finished with a career-best two blocks vs. Central Michigan (12/2) … Recorded five rebounds in 21 minutes of action vs. Tennessee (12/16) … Scored seven points and added six rebounds and three assits vs. Western Carolina (12/19) … Notched eight points on 3-of-4 shooting vs. Presbyterian (12/28) … Picked up a team-high seven rebounds in 15 minutes vs. Villanova (1/1) … Scored all nine of MU's bench points and gathered one blocked shot and a steal at Rutgers (1/7) … Tallied all six of his points by going 6-of-6 from the foul line and pulled down four rebounds vs. West Virginia (1/10) … Led all reserves with nine points while shooting 2-of-2 from the field and 5-of-5 from the free throw line vs. Georgetown (1/31) … Scored all seven of MU's bench points and matched teammate Wesley Matthews with a team-high six rebounds at DePaul (2/3) … Picked up a career-high eight rebounds, including four offensive boards, at USF (2/6) … Scored all five of his points from the free throw line on a career-high seven attempts at Villanova (2/10) … Was perfect from the field (3-of-3) and from the foul line (2-of-2) to finish with eight points, including four rebounds and a block vs. St. John's (2/14) … Scored eight points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field vs. Seton Hall (2/17) and his seven rebounds matched a game high … Scored all eight of MU's bench points at Georgetown (2/21) and added five rebounds … Added a season-best 12 points and was 6-of-6 from the foul line vs. UConn (2/25) … Posted a career best 10 rebounds, matching Lazar Hayard for a team-high, at Louisville (3/1) … Notched first career double-double, posting all 12 of MU's points off the bench and a career-high 14 rebounds, including 10 offensive boards and four assists, vs. Syracuse (3/7) … Was perfect from the field (4-4) and from the free throw line (3-3) en route to scoring 11 points vs. St. John's (3/11); also posted nine rebounds and three assists against the Red Storm … Made 13 of 16 foul shots and finished with a career high 19 points and three steals vs. Villanova … concluded the year averaging 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game … earned first letter.
Earned All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention accolades in his first full season as a starter at Marquette … Claimed MU's Most Improved Player Award … Finished among the BIG EAST leaders in four categories, including scoring (20th, 14.7 ppg.) and field goal percentage (8th, .530) … Led MU with a career-high 27 points on 11-of-16 shooting from the field and a game high 13 rebounds while making his first collegiate start vs. Centenary (11/13) in the season opener; also went a perfect 5-of-5 from the foul line against the Gents … Knocked down his first career 3-pointers in shooting 3-of-3 beyond the arc and finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals vs. Maryland Eastern Shore (11/17) … Netted a team-high 15 points in win over Grambling State (11/21) … Was one of four MU players to score in double figures with 13 points vs. South Dakota (11/24) and two blocks … Registered a career-high four blocks and was 4-of-5 from the field and 7-of-10 from the foul line to score 15 points vs. Xavier (11/26) … Added 17 points and nine rebounds vs. Michigan (11/27) … Recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds vs. Florida State (11/29) … Tallied his third double-double of the season and second in as many games with 19 points and a game-high 12 rebounds vs. N.C. State (12/5) … Was 6-of-6 from the field and 7-of-9 from the foul line in scoring a game-high 19 points vs. Milwaukee (12/8) … Shot 5-of-6 from the field and was 11-of-13 from the foul line to finish with a game-high 21 points vs. North Florida (12/19) to go along with two blocks and two steals … Registered a career-high five assists and added 16 points and a game-high eight rebounds vs. Presbyterian (12/27) … Had nine points, three assists and a steal vs. West Virginia (12/29) … Played a career-high 39 minutes vs. Villanova (1/2) and scored a game-high 19 points and had seven rebounds …Went a perfect 10-of-10 from the charity stripe, including eight free throws in the second half, and scored 14 points vs. Villanova (1/9) … Was 6-of-7 from the field and finished with 14 points, five rebounds and four assists vs. Providence (1/17) … Added 13 points and six rebounds vs. Syracuse (1/23) … Matched Darius Johnson-Odom's 16 points to lead MU in scoring vs. Rutgers (1/26) to go along with eight rebounds … Shot 9-of-12 from the charity stripe and led MU in scoring for the second straight outing with a game-high 21 points vs. Connecticut (1/30), while also hitting the game-winning shot against the Huskies … Was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Feb. 1 … Made a Marquette single-game season-high and personal career-high 14 free throws on 16 attempts and finished with 18 points vs. DePaul (2/3) … Shot 8-of-12 from the field to finish with 19 points vs. Providence (2/6) … Had a career-high four steals vs. USF (2/13) and added 15 points and six boards … Chipped in a game-high 14 points and led MU with seven rebounds vs. Pittsburgh (2/18) … Went 9-of-10 from the free throw line and finished with 20 points and seven rebounds vs. Cincinnati (2/21) … Knocked down the game-winner, a baseline jumper with 0.5 seconds remaining in overtime, while chipping in 18 points and a team-high eight rebounds at St. John's (2/23) … Contributed 13 points in overtime win at Seton Hall (3/2) … His four steals vs. Notre Dame (3/6) matched a career-high to go along with 16 points and a team-high eight rebounds … Played all 40 minutes vs. Villanova (3/11) and added 14 points, a team-high eight rebounds, four assists, a pair of steals and a block in winning effort … Concluded the year averaging 14.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game … Earned second letter.
All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention … Posted a game-high 18 points in the season opener vs. Prairie View A&M (Nov. 12), including 7-of-12 shooting from the field to go along with three blocks … Finished with 11 points vs. Bucknell (Nov. 14) … Registered 13 points and went 7-of-7 from the free throw line vs. Green Bay (Nov. 17) … Tallied a game-high 20 points and nine rebounds and added four assists and three steals vs. South Dakota (Nov. 20) … Scored a season-high 22 points with nine field goals vs. Duke (Nov. 22), including a team-high six rebounds … Matched that performance with 22 points and six boards vs. Gonzaga (Nov. 23) the following night and was named to the all-tournament team of the CBE Classic … One of two MU players to score in double figures vs. Milwaukee (Nov. 27) with 13 points, including 7-of-8 shooting from the free throw line … Had a season-high 11 rebounds and added eight points vs. Longwood (Dec. 4) … Was 5-of-7 shooting from the field and was one rebound shy of a double-double with 15 points and a team-high nine boards vs. Texas A&M-CC (Dec. 7) … Scored a team-high 15 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, vs. Wisconsin (Dec. 11) … Recorded his first double-double of the season vs. Centenary (Dec. 18) with 10 points and season-high 12 rebounds … Finished with 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field vs. Mississippi Valley State (Dec. 21) … Tallied a team-high 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting and knocked down a pair of 3-pointers vs. Vanderbilt (Dec. 29) … Scored 10 points vs. West Virginia (Jan. 1) with six assists … Scored 16 points vs. Rutgers (Jan. 5) and was 8-of-9 from the foul line … Shot 9-of-10 from the charity stripe and pitched in 17 points and seven rebounds vs. Pittsburgh (Jan. 8) … Finished with 15 points, six rebounds and four assists vs. Notre Dame (Jan. 10) … Led team with nine rebounds and three steals and added 15 points, including 7-of-9 shooting from the foul line vs. Louisville (Jan. 15) … Scored 20 points vs. DePaul (Jan. 18) by shooting 8-of-10 from the field and 4-of-4 from the foul line to go along with eight rebounds and four steals, matching a career-high … Scored 12 points vs. Notre Dame (Jan. 22) and his three 3-pointers tied a career-high … Became the 42nd player in MU history to reach 1,000 career points with his first basket against Connecticut (Jan. 25); led team with 21 points vs. the Huskies and added eight boards … Posted 11 of his 19 points vs. Syracuse (Jan. 29) in the second half, including a pair of late 3-pointers to help secure the win; also had a team-high eight rebounds … Scored 15 points vs. Villanova (Feb. 2), including 11 points in the second half and reached the 500-rebound mark for his career .,.. Had a team-high six boards vs. USF (Feb. 9), in addition to 12 points and five assists … Chipped in 10 points, a team-high three assists and two steals vs. Georgetown (Feb. 13) … Matched a season-high with nine field goals on 13 shot attempts and led MU with 23 points vs. St. John's (Feb. 15) … Shot 7-of-9 from the field en route to a team-high 16 points vs. Seton Hall (Feb. 19) … Played a career-high 44 minutes at Connecticut (Feb. 24) and scored 16 points with seven rebounds … Tallied 15 points vs. Providence (Feb. 27) … Poured in a career-high 30 points vs. Cincinnati (Mar. 2) and was 15-of-17 from the free throw line, setting career highs in free throws made and attempted … Had 20 points and five rebounds, both team-highs, and was 11-of-13 from the foul line vs. Seton Hall (Mar. 5) … Recorded a full stat line with 19 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high eight assists vs. Providence (Mar. 8) … Led MU in scoring with 14 points vs. Louisville (Mar. 10) … Recorded three steals and four assists, both team-highs, and scored 15 points in win over Xavier (Mar. 18); also had a solid defensive effort, helping hold XU guard Tu Holloway to five points on 1-of-8 shooting … Had 10 points, three steals and three assists vs. Syracuse (Mar. 20) in NCAA Third Round … Scored 14 points vs. North Carolina (Mar. 25) in NCAA Regional Semifinal.
- 2nd, Free Throws Made (188)
- 3rd (tie), Free Throws Attempted (240)
- 6th (tie), Steals (53)
- 2nd, Free Throws Made (187)
- 4th, Free Throws Attempted (244)
- 6th, Field Goal Percentage (min. 200 att.) (53%)
- 6th, Free Throw Percentage (min. 100 att.) (76.8%)
Born September 14, 1989 in Houston, Texas … son of Londa and Jimmy Butler … one of four children … undecided on a major.