All-Metro forward Butler transfers to Lake Clifton

October 28, 1994|By Calvin Watkins | Calvin Watkins,Contributing Writer

Guy Butler, first-team All-Metro basketball selection as a junior last season at Woodlawn High, has transferred to Lake Clifton.

Butler, whose home is within blocks of the East Baltimore school, said there were two reasons for the decision.

The first was the dismissal of Rod Norris as Woodlawn's coach after the 1993-94 season. Butler also said getting a ride to Woodlawn would be difficult, making Lake Clifton a perfect fit for him.

"I thought that was the best place for me to be since my coach left," he said.

"He [Norris] told me that would be the best thing for me to do. I was thinking about staying but it's my senior year and the ride situation wasn't working out. I like [Lake Clifton] coach [Charlie] Moore. He's fun to be around and he gets you pumped up for games."

Butler's transfer has raised some eyebrows, coming just two years after All-Metro center Norman Nolan left Milford Mill after his sophomore year and transferred to Dunbar. Nolan is now at the University of Virginia on a basketball scholarship.

Nolan's transfer was questioned by Ned Sparks, executive secretary of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association, who said then Dunbar coach Pete Pompey recruited Nolan and that other city coaches might try similar tactics.

"It is ludicrous for anyone to suggest that I or anyone at Lake Clifton had anything to do with Guy Butler coming to Lake Clifton," Moore said.

"However, we are happy that he has made a decision to attend, and we present him with an opportunity both academically and athletically to be successful."

Ron Belinko, the coordinator of athletics for Baltimore County, also questioned the move while comparing it to Nolan's transfer.

"Norman transferred and still lived in the county, but he paid tuition to go to school," said Belinko. "I feel very strongly about students bouncing around from school to school for athletic purposes, particularly among public schools, not that Guy Butler didn't do it legitimately.

"But if Guy Butler established residency in the city, then it's up to the receiving school [Lake Clifton] to make sure that he did. But I'm sure that somewhere in this there's an influence that comes from either the parents or the coach."

Butler, a 6-foot-7 forward, averaged 18.2 points and 7.9 rebounds for Woodlawn, which made it to the state region semifinals last season.

Butler joins an already strong Lakers team that finished 16-5 last season and is ranked No. 10 in Street and Smith's preseason national Top 25.

Butler, who was chosen as the most valuable player in the Wes Unseld Tournament last December, joins seniors Shawnta Rogers (guard) and Reggie Frazier (forward), both ranked among the nation's top players by Street and Smith's. Rogers was an All-Metro first-team pick last season.

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