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Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 07/19/2012

North Point G/F Tasia Butler picks Syracuse


Tasia Butler (center) starts the break against Calvert last season. (Jonathan Newton - WASHINGTON POST)
North Point guard/forward Tasia Butler, one of the area’s top girls’ basketball recruits for the Class of 2013, committed this week to play at Syracuse.

Butler said she had 27 offers and had also been seriously considering Georgetown, Georgia Tech, South Florida, Miami, James Madison, St. John’s and Louisville, but chose the Orange largely to play with her older sister, Tiara, who is a rising redshirt sophomore there.

“Family is really important to me and playing with my sister is a big plus,” Butler said. “Plus, they’ve been recruiting me since seventh grade so we’ve always had a relationship.”

Butler spent the month of June going on campus visits, but said she loved Syracuse and it was a relatively easy choice.

Butler thinks she will fit in well with the Orange’s up-tempo playing style, and the fact that Syracuse will be leaving the Big East to join the ACC beginning in Butler’s freshman season in 2013 also influenced her decision.

“Them moving to the ACC is a big factor,” Butler said. “Now I’ll be playing more games closer to home.”

Butler averaged 17.1 points per game last season as North Point went 23-2 and won the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference and Maryland 4A East titles.

She starred as a freshman at the Waldorf school, then transferred to Riverdale Baptist where she played in four games as a sophomore before returning to North Point.

The Eagles will be playing for their third SMAC title in Butler’s four seasons this year.

“Finally getting to pick a school and have that done is a relief,” Butler said. “I get to relax a bit but I’m still looking to improve. I always want to get better so now it’s just work, work, work.”

Related: Tasia Butler 2011-12 stats

By Greg Schimmel  |  03:32 PM ET, 07/19/2012

 
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