Georgetown Basketball History: The Top 100
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80. George Butler
Hometown: Gary, IN
High School: Maine Central Inst.
Junior College: Tyler (TX)
Position: Guard
Height: 6-2
Weight: 180
Years on Team: 1993-95
Highlights:
All-Big East Tourn., 1994
Scoring Average, #32


After a 1992-93 season which saw four different underclassmen start at shooting guard, Georgetown went into the junior college ranks for 6-2 George Butler, described in the 1993-94 media guide as "an outside shooter with great athletic ability". A 22 year old who arrived to Georgetown following stops at Maine Central Institute, Lamar University, and Tyler Junior College, Butler's experience would provide a bridge into the Allen Iverson years for the GU backcourt.

Butler began his college career in impressive fashion, opening with a 21 point effort versus Maryland, and leading the team in scoring for three of its first five games. The 6-2 guard scored in double figures in 21 of his 31 games in 1993-94, including a 26 point effort in a win over Boston College and 24 points against Seton Hall in a overtime win in the semifinals of the Big East tournament. The next day, Butler scored 18 midway in the Big East final versus Providence, but fouled out with 11:09 left, leaving the young Hoya backcourt ill-prepared in an eventual ten point loss to the Friars.

Butler regained the scoring touch the following week in the NCAA's against Illinois. Scoring 18 of his career high 27 points in the second half, the 6-2 junior led Georgetown in an upset of Illinois, before falling to Arkansas in the second round two days later. For the season, Butler finished second in scoring and led the team in both three pointers and free throw shooting.

For his senior season, Butler was paired with freshman sensation Allen Iverson, but managed to continue his scoring efforts early in the season. His most memorable game that season came in an overtime win versus Memphis at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. Butler scored 15 points, including a late three pointer to send the game into overtime and two free throws to seal the win.

On January 7, 1995, Butler did not suit up in the Hoyas' 71-64 win over Miami. Following the game, head coach John Thompson announced that Butler had been dismissed from the team over academic problems but did not elaborate. Butler ended his abbreviated senior season averaging 11.2 points per game, trailing only Allen Iverson and Othella Harrington in scoring average. Following his years at Georgetown, Butler went on to a pro career in Australia.

Despite a career that spanned only 40 games, George Butler's career average was 5th best among players of his decade, and his free throw shooting percentage ranks 11th all time.


Season

GP

GS

Min

FG

FGA

%

3FG

3GA

%

FT

FTA

%

Off

Reb

Avg

PF

Ast

Blk

Stl

Pts

Avg

1993-94 31 25 843 136 336 39.9 29 98 29.6 132 171 77.2 31 84 2.7 56 44 0 34 429 13.8
1994-95 9 9 212 31 75 41.3 13 34 38.2 26 33 78.8 7 20 2.2 14 13 1 13 101 11.2

Total

40 34 1055 167 411 40.6 42 132 31.8 158 204 77.4 38 104 2.6 70 57 1 47 530 13.3
 
Top 25 Career Rankings By Statistic

GP

GS

Min

FG

FGA

%

3FG

3GA

%

FT

FTA

%

Off

Reb

Avg

PF

Ast

Blk

Stl

Pts

Avg

Total

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Game Records Game High Game Low
Minutes Played 40 (12/4/93) 10 (12/10/93)
Points 27 (2/26/94) 0 (1/24/94)
Field Goals Made 9 (3/18/94) 0 (1/24/94)
Field Goals Attempted 19 (3/7/94) 3 (12/7/94)
3 Point FG 3 (12/30/93) 0 (12 games)
3 Point FG Attempted 8 (1/22/94) 1 (1/3/94)
Free Throws Made 11 (3 games) 0 (3 games)
Free Throws Attempted 16 (11/26/93) 0 (2 games)
Offensive Rebounds 4 (2 games) 0 (14 games)
Total Rebounds 7 (2/26/94) 0 (4 games)
Assists 6 (3/1/94) 0 (6 games)
Turnovers 5 (2 games) 0 (1/29/94)
Blocked Shots 1 (1/3/95) 0 (39 games)
Steals 5 (1/17/94) 0 (11 games)

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