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Del Oro alum Butterfield named Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week

Loomis native currently playing for Utah State
By: Journal sports staff
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Spencer Butterfield, a 2010 Del Oro High School alumnus, was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week Monday after he posted his fifth straight double-double in leading Utah State to a 63-36 road win at San Jose State last weekend.

Aggies coach Stew Morrill recently praised Butterfield’s success and improvement on the boards.

“He tries to rebound every ball. It's his nature,” Morrill said, according the Aggies’ official website. “There's just a few guys that have that in them. It's a special trait. He's gotten more minutes and gotten more rebounds as a result. He was getting rebounds when he was getting less minutes, but more minutes equal more rebounds. He has to beg to come out because he's been playing so hard."

Butterfield’s WAC kudos were for the week of Feb. 4-10. It also marked the first time in his career he won the accolade.

Against San Jose State, the junior guard/forward from Loomis had game highs of 22 points and 10 rebounds to go along with one steal and one assist. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Butterfield was 9 of 11 (.818) from the field, 3 of 3 from three-point range and 1 for 1 at the free throw line.

Butterfield’s five double-doubles in a row tied him for 10th in the USU record books for consecutive double-doubles, becoming one of three different Aggie players who have accomplished the streak of five in a row, according to the school.

Butterfield is the only guard on USU's top 10 consecutive double-doubles list, the school said.

Prior to playing at Utah State, Butterfield was named the California Junior College Co-Player of the Year as he averaged 16.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

Utah State is 17-6 overall and 8-5 in WAC play, currently good for fourth place in the conference standings. 

The Aggies lost to Denver Thursday night in Logan, Utah, 63-60. Butterfield’s double-double streak came to an end, as he posted 16 points and eight boards.

The Aggies return to the court Saturday night to host New Mexico State (18-8, 12-2) in a WAC game. The contest will be televised at 8 p.m. on ESPNU.