43 - Paul Butorac
|Hometown:||Medical Lake, Wash.|
|High School:||Medical Lake HS '02|
2006-07: He has 70 blocked shots in his career, ranking second in school history behind the record of 79 held by Chris White (1998-00). Sneaky around the basket, he has made 56.1 percent of his field goal attempts in 85 games as an Eagle. That mark would rank fourth all-time at EWU had he met the minimum of five field goal attempts per game (he has 369 and would need 425 to qualify). Of his 207 career field goals made, 60 of them have been dunks. He is the lone returning player from Eastern's 2003-04 team that won the Big Sky Conference regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament. 2005-06: Earned honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference honors. He ranked ninth in the Big Sky in rebounding (5.4 per game) and was fifth in field goal percentage (.573). His average of 1.76 blocked shots per game was third, and his season total of 51 ranked 20th in Big Sky history as he shattered the previous single season school record of 37 set by Matt Peppers in 1981. He had five blocked shots versus UC Riverside to rank second in school history. The Eagles had back-to-back performances of nine against Cal State Northridge and 10 versus UC Riverside (12/10/05) that neared the school record of 13 set against Portland on Nov. 26, 1991. He scored in double figures in 15 games and rebounding once when he had the best performance for an Eagle with 12 boards against Southern Illinois (11/26/05). Of his 110 field goals made, 35 of them were dunks. 2004-05: Butorac came off the bench in 24 of 26 games to average 5.1 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. He scored in double figures three times, including a high of 12 against Denver (12/18/04). He also had 11 points at 14th-ranked Arizona (12/28/04) and had his best game of the league season versus Sacramento State (1/8/05) when he scored 10 points and had a season-high eight rebounds. 2003-04: Of his 48 field goals made in his freshman season, 13 were dunks as he led the team in that category. He scored in double figures three times, including a season-high 17 points with six rebounds versus Idaho State (1/29/04). He also scored 14 points at Washington (11/29/03) and had 10 points and a season-high eight rebounds in his next game versus Northwest College (12/2/03). 2002-2003: Redshirted. High School: Graduated from Medical Lake High School in 2002. He averaged 20.8 points and 12.3 rebounds per game as a senior to earn Great Northern League MVP honors for the second-straight season. He was also a member of the Spokesman-Review All-Area team. He made 61.3 percent of his field goals and 80.4 percent of his free throws as he led the Cardinals to a 15-9 record. In his career, he scored 1,061 points to go along with 638 rebounds and a school-record 247 blocked shots. He closed his career by being selected as the MVP as the State beat the City 124-98 in the State 2A All-Star game, which took place at Reese Court on the EWU campus. He scored 15 points, including six dunks, and added 13 rebounds. Personal: Born Nov. 25, 1983, in Galveston, Texas. Criminal justice major. Son of Brian Butorac and Susan Butorac. Has one brother (Dylan, 12) and a sister (Samantha, 26). His last name is pronounced "Boot-er-ack." Nickname is "Booty."