Butters transfers to Rangers in NCAA Division 2

As of Friday, August 12, 2022

#THR Northwestern Oklahoma State Rangers will be the next stop on the NCAA basketball journey for Shavaul Butters.

#Butters, who played sparingly last season at the Division I level for Texas Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros, will join the Rangers and head coach Robbie Harman.

#The Rangers compete in the Great American Conference of NCAA Division II. They finished 20-9 last season and concluded their season with a loss in the opening round of the Great American Conference playoffs.

#The 6’8”, 210-pound freshman forward was the first commit of the first class for Vaqueros head coach Matt Figger last offseason but injuries derailed the start of his collegiate career.

#Butters recovered from tibial stress fractures and finished with five rebounds in his collegiate debut. He averaged just 0.5 points and 1.2 rebounds per game in six appearances.

#Listed as a two-star recruit by Verbal Commits, Butters completed his high school career at Elevation Prep in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

#The Grand Bahama native spent the previous season with Aspire Academy in Louisville, Kentucky.

#Butters began to garner attention from major Division I basketball programmes and received his first offer of what is expected to be an active recruiting process last summer.

#He was officially offered by the Austin Peay State University Governors. Butters also received high interest from UNLV, Maryland, Eastern Kentucky, North Carolina- Greensboro, and several others.

#At the local level, Butters was a member of the St George’s Jaguars programme, headed by Darell Sears.

#“He was just excited to get back on the floor. He’s still got to learn, because he was out for a long time but he was just excited to play again,” Sears said after Butters returned from inury. “He has an extra year of eligibility and is still a redshirt so we look forward to his growth and development with the programme.”


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