34 Bernard Butts

Name
Bernard Butts
Position
Guard
Class
SO
Hometown (Last School)
North Miami Beach, FL (Hialeah)
Ht
6'0"
Wt
180
Seasons
1960-61
Birthday
May 21, 1941

From the 1962 University of Media Guide:

Two things were obvious concerning last year’s freshman team: First, overall it probably was one of the least talented in school history; secondly, the exception was a boy named Bernie Butts and the saying “As Butts goes, so go the Kittens” held true. This ball-handling wizard from Hialeah High, potentially another or Bob Cousy, was far superior to his teammates and better than his 18.7 team-leading scoring average indicates. The six-foot southpaw, a schoolboy All-America and two-time most valuable player in the state, was personally scouted by Coach Rupp and the Baron has confidence Butts will develop to greatness as he gains consistency.  Butts caused a stir in his opening game wearing a uniform as he bucketed 29 against Lindsey Wilson JC. His high out-put for a freshman game was 35. He possesses fine speed, good moves and handles the ball with amazing deftness that baffles even his own teammates. Butts played four years at Hialeah High, scoring 645 points and averaging 30 points a game in his final season. He also was All-City as a pitcher-outfielder in baseball. Only inexperience is expected to delay his breaking into the starting lineup this season.

Transferred to Miami.