February 23, 2024
Lamont Butler exults as he jumps into Aguek Arop’s arms after his buzzer beater for the win that despatched the Aztecs to the NCAA championship sport. Picture credit score: Display shot, @MarchMadnessMBB through Twitter

Lamont Butler, the San Diego State guard whose buzzer beater despatched the Aztecs to the NCAA championship sport earlier this 12 months, will return to SDSU for his senior season in 2023-24, the varsity mentioned Monday.

“After exploring my choices and following discussions with each my household and advisors, I’ve determined to return to San Diego State for my senior season,” Butler mentioned, in keeping with SDSU. “I’d prefer to thank everybody I labored with over the past two months, from NBA groups and scouts to the individuals at Affect Basketball in Las Vegas. I’d additionally prefer to thank our teaching employees for permitting me the chance to realize helpful perception into what it takes to play on the subsequent stage.

“I’m wanting ahead to returning to high school and finishing my diploma, and I’m excited to affix my teammates for the chance to assist lead our quest for an additional Mountain West championship and a return to the NCAA Event.”

Butler had declared for the 2023 NBA Draft however didn’t rent an agent and maintained his faculty eligibility. His choice to return to high school got here after testing the draft waters and receiving suggestions from NBA groups.

The Moreno Valley native hit the largest shot in program historical past, the sport winner as time expired towards Florida Atlantic within the Last 4 on April 1 in Houston. It was the one buzzer-beater by a trailing workforce in Last 4 historical past and despatched San Diego State to its first males’s basketball nationwide championship sport.

The Aztecs misplaced the championship sport to Connecticut, 76-59.

The 6-foot-2-inch Butler helped the Aztecs win the 2022-23 Mountain West common season and event titles.

He performed in all 39 video games final season, beginning 38, and averaged 8.8 factors, 3.2 assists and a couple of.7 rebounds, whereas taking pictures 42.1% from the ground, 34.2% from three-point vary, each profession highs, and 73.1% from the free throw line.

In six NCAA Event video games, he averaged 10.5 factors on 50% taking pictures from the ground, 38.9% from three-point vary, and 75% from the road, whereas averaging 3.3 rebounds and three.3 assists.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.