WASHINGTON - MARCH 26: Lamar Butler #22 of the George Mason Patriots cuts down the net after defeating the Connecticut Huskies in overtime during the Regional Finals of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on March 26, 2006 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Travis Lindquist/Getty Images)
WHAT HE’S DOING NOW: After spending some time in the NBA Developmental League and playing overseas, Butler is now waiting to see where he may continue playing while preparing to open a sporting goods store in Maryland.
WHAT WE CAN EXPECT FROM HIM IN THE FUTURE: Expect Lamar Butler Jr. to become a coach somewhere, like his father was. The two no longer play pickup games on their backyard basketball court, but Lamar Jr. still credits his father’s “tough love” as something that helped him believe the Final Four run was attainable.
WHAT HE LOVES: His fiancée, Jasmine, whom he’s marrying this spring.
BIGGEST SURPRISE PLAYING OVERSEAS: European teammates smoking cigarettes before basketball games.
WHAT HE’S PROUD OF: Lamar says the magic and magnitude of what his team accomplished taking George Mason to the Final Four in 2006 still resonates. You can see it in recruiting as well as the physical growth of the Fairfax-based university. Lamar Butler Jr. also said he is surprised he and other members of that Mason team did not find success in the NBA.