Bowie guard Marshauna Butler orally committed to Stony Brook early this summer, at the end of her junior year. Now, after an official visit in October during which the Seawolves’ team “made her feel like she was already a part of it,” Butler will sign her letter of intent to Stony Brook at a Wednesday morning ceremony to make her choice official.
“I chose Stony Brook because they caught my attention more,” Butler said, explaining that the Seawolves’ coaching staff had pursued her from the beginning, and that even when other suitors — namely North Carolina A&T and St. Francis (Pa.) — came calling, Stony Brook was always the school that caught her eye. With a campus that “wasn’t too small and wasn’t too big,” and the opportunity for her to pursue studies of physical therapy, Butler decided the best decision would be to join the Seawolves, who finished last season 14-16 and in fourth in America East.
In Butler, the Seawolves are getting one of Prince George’s County’s finest shooters, with a jumper her Coach Chris Ferguson says is one of the “purest shots I’ve seen in a long time.”
That shot hit 52 times from beyond the three-point line in 2012-13, when Butler was the leading scorer (13.25 ppg) for the Bulldogs, who went 20-4 and were ranked all season before losing to C.H. Flowers in the 4A South region semifinals. Bowie returns four senior starters from that team including Butler, who says she and her teammates have high expectations for their final year together.
“I feel we’re going to do very well this year,” Butler said. “All of us, we want it. Nothing will stop us this year.”
Whenever her senior season does come to an end, Butler will focus on shooting her way into the Seawolves lineup for the 2014-15 season, something she says she knows will be difficult.
“Everything depends on if I work hard,” Butler said. “If I work hard, [making it into the lineup] shouldn’t be a problem, but I have earn my spot. I can’t just think they’re going to give it to me.”
NUMBER CRUNCH: 95
The total number of three-pointers hit by the Seawolves in the 2012-13 season. Forty-five of those came from now-graduated Dani Klupenger, meaning Butler’s deep ball will likely be a welcome sight for the Seawolves by the time she arrives on campus next fall. They’ve hit six threes through two games this season.
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