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Friday, June 18, 2010
Da'Sean Butler a first-round pick?

By Diamond Leung

In West Virginia star Da'Sean Butler's final moment as a college player, he crumpled to the ground with a knee injury so devastating that coach Bob Huggins knelt to the floor to console him.

More than the national semifinal game against Duke was lost on that day, as the prospects for Butler becoming an NBA draft pick appeared to take a severe hit as well. Coming back from ACL surgery is no easy feat.

But might there be an incredible thrill in store for Butler on draft night next week? Butler's agent, Richard Katz, told the Charleston Daily Mail this about his client's draft projection:
"I can tell you there's an awful lot of interest in him. One team I won't name said he was solidly on their board as a first rounder, then off their board completely, but now they have him back on there as a solid first-round pick."

We'll soon find out if a team takes a chance with Butler, but it does appear certain that he'll continue to receive good publicity leading up to the draft.

ESPN's "Outside the Lines" on Sunday is scheduled to air a segment on Butler's rehabilitation process. See the preview clip below, which includes footage of Butler walking on his own power during the team banquet and also being asked to autograph someone's rock. Fitting, when you think about it.