NUGGETS SIGN BRIAN BUTCH

Butch_Brian_ILL_0506_2.jpgThe Denver Nuggets have signed former Badger Brian Butch, team Vice President of Basketball Operations Mark Warkentien announced over the weekend.

Butch (6-11, 240) averaged 17.7 ppg and 11.9 rpg in 39 games for the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League this season. The Wisconsin product also was named MVP of the 2010 NBDL All-Star game after scoring 18 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.

A native of Appleton, Wis., Butch earned consensus first-team All-Big Ten honors as a senior in 2008. For his career, he is one of just eight players in UW history with at least 1,000 points and 600 rebounds. A three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, he earned his undergraduate degree from UW in May of 2007.

Read Brian's final blog entry from his stint in the D-League

Wisconsin now has three players in the NBA, including Michael Finley (Celtics) and Devin Harris (Nets). Marcus Landry was waived by the Boston Celtics, just four days after being re-signed on April 5th.
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