Just one month after undergoing a third procedure on his left knee, it was announced that former West Virginia star Da’Sean Butler will be returning to the school as a graduate assistant.
The news, first reported by WVUSports.com’s John Antonik, was confirmed in a tweet by WVU head coach Bob Huggins.
Butler originally tore the ACL in his left knee in the 2010 Final Four, which resulted in one of the most touching player/coach images in recent history.
While playing with the Austin Toros in the D-League last season, Butler thought that pain in the knee was a result of him straining his ACL.
But when doctors took a look at Butler’s knee, it was discovered that the ACL had actually disintegrated.
“I had an MRI and [the doctors] were like, ‘Your ACL disintegrated, but your knee looks fine,'” says Butler. “It takes more than a few days for an ACL to disintegrate. It takes at least four weeks, but I was still playing with a knee brace and I was fine.”
With Butler needing this season to rehabilitate the knee in hopes of making a return to the court, why not return to Morgantown and work towards his master’s degree?
In an interview with West Virginia Illustrated Butler states that getting his master’s has been a goal, and this move ensures that he’ll be able to do so while also gaining some valuable experience under head coach Bob Huggins and his staff.