The St. Louis Surge are off to an impressive 4-0 start in the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League season.
One of the big reasons for the Surge’s early-season success has been the play of former local standout Jaleesa Butler. A former standout at Vashon and Alton High, the 6’1″ Butler is one of the most versatile players in the WBCBL.
Butler was one of the few returning players from last season’s Surge team that advanced to the league’s national championship game. She has taken a big leadership role as well as being the team’s top scorer at 19 points a game.
Butler is capable of playing anywhere on the court. When she isn’t posting up and scoring inside, she can be seeing grabbing rebounds or leading the fast break with the guards.
After her stellar high school career, Butler enjoyed a four-year collegiate career at Georgetown University. As a junior, Butler averaged 7.6 points and 5.4 rebounds a game. As a senior in 2010, she averaged 9.1 points and a team-high 6.2 rebounds a game as she helped lead the Hoyas to the NCAA Tournament.
Butler played professional basketball in Iceland last winter. She plans to return there for the upcoming season.
You can catch Butler and the Surge in action again on Saturday, June 29 when they host the Kansas Nuggets at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Tip off is at 7:05 p.m.
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