Dave Butler Entering Pac-12 Hall of Honor
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. –Dave Butler, a member of the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame, will be inducted into the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Hall of Honor on Friday, March 14, the conference announced on Friday.
Butler is part of a 2014 induction class that also includes Luke Walton (Arizona), Verl Heap (Arizona State), Ken Charlton (Colorado), Frederick Jones (Oregon), Lee Harman (Oregon State), Mark Madsen (Stanford), Tyus Edney (UCLA), Wayne Carlander (USC), Billy McGill (Utah), Brandon Roy (Washington) and Ed Gayda (Washington State).
Butler was a standout both on the court and in the classroom during his decorated career in Berkeley from 1983-87. The 1983 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, Butler averaged 7.8 ppg. and 6.0 rpg. during his first season with the Golden Bears. He went on to start all four years for the Bears, leading Cal in rebounding three years (1984, 1986, 1987). The forward still ranks sixth in school history with 814 career rebounds and 19th in the record books with 1,291 career points. Butler set a school record for free throws made and attempted when he shot 20-of-24 from the line vs. Arizona State in 1987 and he still holds the Cal mark for games started at 113.
He helped the Bears earn their first postseason berth in 26 years when Cal played in the 1986 National Invitation Tournament. The Bears returned to the NIT his senior year and advanced to the quarterfinals. Butler was chosen in the fifth round of the 1987 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. He was enshrined in the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.
In the classroom, Butler was twice named a first-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection. He was a second-team Academic All-American as a junior and claimed first-team status his senior year. The Golden Bear was also awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. A Rhodes Scholar candidate, Butler received his bachelor's degree in 1986 and went on to earn an MBA from Cal's Haas School of Business in 1990.
Butler and the rest of the 2014 Pac-12 Hall of Honor class will be enshrined during a ceremony prior to the semifinal games at the 2014 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.