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Former standout to hoop it up overseas

Submitted by Matt Johnson on January 19, 2012 – 5:15 pmNo Comment

Former UALR guard Shanika Butler will be taking her talents to Iceland where she will play for the Keflavik Basketball Club. Photo by Matt Johnson

Former Lady Trojan standout Shanika Butler, UALR’s single-season assist record holder, is heading overseas to play in Iceland for Keflavik Basketball Club.
Butler will be reunited with her aunt, Jalessa Butler, who also plays for Keflavik and played college basketball at Georgetown.
“We grew up playing basketball together all our life,” Butler said in a press release.
“The chemistry with us is really good.”
Butler was a four-year starter for the Lady Trojans and ended her career ranked third all-time for career assists and steals.
She also holds the single-season steals record with 99 during the 2009-10 season, the same season she had a record 151 assists. She earned Sun Belt Conference defensive player of the year honors in 2011.
Butler said she believes the work ethic she learned under head coach Joe Foley will only help her going forward.
“The lesson that I will take from UALR is (to) work hard every day,” she said.
“UALR has definitely prepared me for the transition from college ball to professional ball.”
Keflavik is one of the most successful sports clubs in Iceland, with numerous basketball league championships over the years.
Butler will leave immediately, as the season is already in progress and said she plans to return when the season finishes in April.

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