Standout juco forward signs with Mac men's basketball

By Steve Sell
May 11, 2016
McPherson College Sports Information

KCAC men’s basketball champion Tabor and Bethany College have recruited some top junior college players from Minnesota.

McPherson College coach Tim Swartzendruber decided if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.

Thomas Butler, a 6-3 and 240-pound power forward from Vermillion Community College in Ely, Minn., has signed a letter of intent with the Bulldogs. He actually left the sunny climes of his native Key West, Fla., to play two years in the Great North.

“Tommy was one of the top players in the Minnesota junior college region this year," Swartzendruber said. "Not only can he score, he is great on the glass and can really pass the ball. We believe he can make an immediate impact on our team. This is a great addition for the Bulldog family."

Butler is going to remind Mac fans a lot of Devirous Johnson, who had an amazing career with the Bulldogs when they were making annual appearances in the national tournament. He averaged 14.5 points and nine rebounds during his career at Vermillion, earning All-Northern Freshman of the Year. He actually was second in the country in rebounding as a freshman.

He was All-Conference his sophomore year and made the All-Tournament Team for a second straight year.

Butler played at Key West High School, where he nearly averaged a double-double.

The son of Sheila Butler and Thomas Butler Sr., he will major in business marketing at Mac.