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This story is too good to ignore (I'm a D-Wade fan and therefore find myself rooting for other Marquette players).
Jimmy Butler, a combo guard/forward, has a story very similar to that of Michael Oher, the Baltimore Ravens tackle who was featured in the movie "The Blind Side."
Butler was kicked out of his home by his mother at the age of 13. He bounced around for several years before ending up with a family in Texas. He had no other family to turn to. His father had been out of his life since he was a baby. Butler stayed with friends in the area for as long as he could until moving on to another place.
Just as he was finishing high school, he found a family who was willing to take him in.
He started off at a local junior college before finally receiving offers from Division I schools. One of those offers was from Marquette.
He struggled at first, sitting on the bench watching as a sophomore. This gave him the chance to mature and become a team player, which he was unaccustomed to from playing at Tyler Junior College in Texas. By the time he was a senior, he was Marquette's go-to guy.
He developed into a fundamentally-sound combo guard/forward for the Golden Eagles. There was no greater moment (other than him being drafted by the Bulls in the first round) then his senior night at Marquette, where his new "family" escorted him onto the floor.
Butler is an all-around player, he can shoot, pass and defend. He'll split time between the 2 and 3 position in the NBA. He displays mental and physical toughness and will be a guy Tom Thibodeau can depend on.
Will he be a hall-of-famer? Most likely not. But how can you root against a guy considering what he's been through? He goes to a great organization in Chicago with the opportunity to win and succeed. He gets the chance to live his dream.
Congrats to Jimmy Butler.