Savage averaged 11.7 points per game for the Colonials this past season. The junior guard announced he was leaving the program on April 3, a major hit for a program that was hoping to have him return alongside three other key juniors.
The 6-foot-3 Savage will have to sit next season and will have one year of eligibility remaining.
Savage is the second Atlantic 10 transfer to pick Butler this offseason. St. Bonaventure guard Jordan Gathers, nephew of the late Hank Gathers, announced he was heading to Butler on March 29. He’s a graduate transfer, meaning he’ll be eligible to play next season.
Gathers, leading scorer Kellen Dunham and bulldozing guard Roosevelt Jones are all out of eligibility after next season. Chris Holtmann can then plug Savage into the backcourt with point guard Tyler Lewis, another transfer guard.
George Washington took a huge hit to its hopes for next season as the school announced that junior guard Kethan Savage intends to transfer.
“Kethan indicated that he wants to pursue an opportunity to play point guard full time, so we’re allowing him to seek a transfer,” George Washington head coach Mike Lonergan said in the release. “We appreciate the contributions Kethan made to the program over the last three years.”
The 6-foot-3 junior was a double-figure scorer during his last two seasons with Colonials as Savage averaged 11.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in 2014-15.
Savage saw his field-goal percentage take a dip in his junior campaign, though, as he went from 51 percent shooting as a sophomore to 40 percent shooting from the field this season.
Joe McDonald’s buzzer-beating putback lifts George Washington over Dayton in overtime (VIDEO)
George Washington junior guard Kethan Savage, with the ball in his hands with 6.6 seconds left, trailing 64-63 to Dayton. He waved off a high ball screen and took Kyle Davis off the dribble. Scoochie Smith was late rotating over and while he made a last-ditch effort at a swipe, he turned his back on Joe McDonald.
The 6-foot-1 guard collecting Savage’s block shot and banking in the game-winning bucket as the time expired for a dramatic 65-64 win at home on Friday night.
Moments earlier, Kyle Davis drained a baseline 3-pointer to give Dayton a 64-63 lead with 16 seconds left, erasing a six-point overtime deficit.
Savage had the ball in his hands at the end of regulation. He forced his way into the lane, but his jumper rattled in-and-out. Dayton got the ball back with 1.5 seconds left, though, not enough to get a look at the basket.
This was an important win for Mike Lonergan’s team. In College Basketball Talk‘s latest bracket (posted Friday morning), the Colonials were listed as one of the “Next Five Out” meaning they had work to do to get back on the right side of the bubble. A win over Dayton, rated in the kenpom top 40, is a good start, especially After a 24-point loss at conference-leading VCU followed by another road at Rhode Island, currently second in the A-10 standings.
Friday’s overtime win gives George Washington an edge over Dayton for third-place in the conference standings, which could come in handy for the Atlantic 10 Tournament in March.
In eight days, the Colonials host No. 18 VCU with two games against Davidson also left on the schedule. That gives the Colonials opportunities to add to a resume that includes wins over the Flyers and Wichita State.