||BMC's Butler named 3rd team All-American
BLUE MOUNTAIN, Miss. (WTVA/BMC Athletics) — Shane Butler from Blue Mountain College was recently selected to the NAIA Division I men’s basketball All-American team.
Butler, a senior guard from Tupelo was selected to the NAIA third team, and was one of five players from the Southern States Athletic Conference named to the three teams.
He joined senior forward Ladaris Green of Dalton State, a first-team selection; senior guard Jordan Bedford of Belhaven and senior forward Caleb Hardy of Bethel, both second-team selections, and senior guard Sean Tate of Dalton State, a member of the third team.
Butler was third in the SSAC in points per game (19.67) and points (531). He ranked among the NAIA’s best in points per game (13th, 19.67), points (28th, 531), free-throw percentage (33rd, .799), three-point field goals made per game (38th, 2.44) and assists per game (43rd, 3.59).
He became the all-time leading scorer in Blue Mountain program history this season. He was a NAIA Division I All-Star and a First-Team All-Conference selection —and was named the Most Valuable Player of the NAIA All-Star Game after scoring a game-high 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including a 4-of-8 performance from beyond the arc – in 21 minutes of play.