Former West Virginia University basketball star Da'Sean Butler has signed a two year deal with the Miami Heat, the Miami Herald reports. Butler, the third-leading scorer in WVU history, has an uncertain future after suffering torn ligaments in his knee during the Mountaineers' Final Four loss to Duke. Butler's contract is not guarenteed and he will enter training camp battling for one of the Heat's final roster spots with former Arkansas guard Patrick Beverly and former Siena College guard Kenny Hasbrouck. According to the Herald:â†µ
The Heat could opt to keep Butler unless Beverley or Hasbrouck is extremely impressive in camp, or unless an appealing veteran is released by another team. Heat president Pat Riley has compared Butler with Caron Butler.â†µâ†µ â†µ
It's an uphill battle for Da'Sean Butler, and much of his success will be determined by how quickly he can rehab his ailing knee. Anyone who watched his ascent to the pinnacle of Mountaineer basketball can attest that the kid has an incredible work ethic and, as long as he's given a chance, he'll make the most of it.