Butler was so unknown that not a single college offered him any scholarships. With nowhere else to go, he went to a nearby Tyler Junior Community College to play basketball in hope to keep his dream alive. His freshman season at Tyler, he averaged 18.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. But he was only ranked  #127 out of junior college basketball players, and things weren’t looking very good. Then, a scout from Marquette came to a game to look at one of his teammates. But it was Butler that actually showed the most promise. Showing off his hard work and work ethic, head coach Buzz Williams was impressed. That year, Butler was offered his only scholarship: a full ride to Marquette.