Head coach Dan Hurley announced that Matthew Butler has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and athletic career at the University of Rhode Island.
"We are excited to announce the addition of Matthew Butler to the URI men's basketball program. Matt is an outstanding perimeter shooter with great range," Hurley said. "He will add depth to our perimeter shooting corps and will increase the level of competition within our program. His experience as a State Champion as a junior at Memphis East and the resilience he showed as a senior will add to the overall character of our program."
Butler is a 6-2, 190 lb. shooting guard from Memphis, Tenn. He averaged 14.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game as a senior for Memphis East H.S., despite suffering from an season-long ankle injury. As a junior, Butler was a key contributor on the Mustangs 2012 Tennessee state championship squad, hitting 8-of-11 shots from the floor - including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc in the title game against Memphis Central. ESPN.com has listed Butler as a three-star recruit, while ranking him among the top 50 shooting guards in the country.
With the addition of Butler, Rhode Island men's basketball welcomes a three-player freshmen class for the 2013-14 season, along with Hassan Martin and E.C. Matthews who signed their National Letters of Intent during the early signing period in the fall. In total, Rhody will have seven new players on its roster next year. Gilvydas Biruta, DeShon Minnis, Ifeanyi Onyekaba, and Jarelle Reischel sat out this past season during an NCAA year in-residence.