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Shavaul Butters Receives His First Division 1 Offer

SHAVAUL Butters has begun to garner attention from major Division I basketball programmes and received his first offer of what is expected to be an active recruiting process.

Butters was officially offered by the Austin Peay State University Governors. The Governors compete in the Ohio Valley Conference and most recently made the NCAA Tournament in 2016.

Butters, a 6’8” 210-pound “stretch four” power forward, posted impressive numbers for the Aspire Basketball Academy Wizards in Louisville, Kentucky.

The only member of the roster to compete in all 33 contests last season, he led the team in several statistical categories in his first year with the programme.

Butters led the team in total points (386 points), field goal percentage (57 per cent, 173-303), three point percentage (40 per cent, 19-48), and total rebounds (323).

He finished second on the team at 11.7 points per game and averaged a double double with 10 rebounds per game.

He shot 64 per cent from the free throw line and also finished with 32 total blocks, 28 steals and 35 assists. His season was highlighted with 30 points, 21 rebounds and two blocks against Tennessee Prep last December at the Marshall County Hoopfest in Kentucky.

In the classroom, Butters has a 3.0 GPA and a score of 20 on his ACT.

He became the second former St George’s Jaguar within the last three years to attend the Aspire programme following Ahmard Harvey who recently completed his freshman season with the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers.

Aspire Academy is a residential, basketball-centred college preparatory programme and training institute on the campus of Holy Cross High School in Louisville.

The Wizards have produced 20 players who have matriculated to NCAA basketball over the past three years, including 14 at the Division I level.

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