Wednesday May 09 2012
Del Oro products to play D-I hoops
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
A pair of Del Oro High basketball teammates are headed to the Division I basketball ranks. Spencer Butterfield turned a prolific junior college career at Yuba College into a full-ride scholarship to Utah State, signing with the Aggies earlier this spring. Aaron Hendricks is headed to the University of Pacific in Stockton as a preferred walk-on in the fall. Hendricks played three years for the Golden Eagles before completing his senior year at New Hampton School in New Hampshire. He will complete a post-graduate year at New Hampton this month. Butterfield was the leader for a Yuba College squad that made the California Community College Athletic Association championship game last season. The 6-3, 205-pound guard was named the California Junior College Co-Player of the Year after averaging 16.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game. He shot 54.3 percent from the field and 48.2 percent from 3-point range. ?We are excited bout the signing of Spencer Butterfield and the talents he brings to our basketball program,? Utah State coach Stew Morrill said in a press release last month. ?Spencer is a hard-nosed, competitive player with very good perimeter skills. He is an excellent shooter who can handle the ball and is a willing passer. He also has the character and toughness to be a good defender.? Butterfield received interest from dozens of schools in the west, but settled on Utah State after a visit to the Logan, Utah campus. ?I loved my recruiting visit to Logan and was very impressed with Utah State University,? said Butterfield. ?I liked the coaching staff a lot and immediately got along with the other members of the team. Hopefully I can bring some toughness, shooting and rebounding to the team and add to the great chemistry they already have.? Hendricks, a sharp-shooting 6-2 guard, also had several options to continue his hoops career. He helped the New Hampton Huskies finish 26-9 last season. His team was ranked No. 13 in the nation by Five Star Basketball. Hendricks earned MVP honors at the Mercer Invitational tournament and won the Geico ESPN3 Skills Challenge Three-point Shooting Contest at the Hoophall Classic in January. ?Pacific is a great fit for me academically and basketball-wise,? Hendricks said in a press release. ?I?ve known the coaches for quite some time and am excited about where the program is headed.?