Racine native and Park High School alum Caron Butler announced his retirement from the NBA on Tuesday.

Butler made his announcement though The Players’ Tribune.

“It’s been a great ride and truly a blessing,” Butler wrote.”But everything runs its course, even good things. Today, I’m retiring from the NBA.”

Butler was a standout during his lone season at Washington Park High School in 1998. He averaged 24 points and 11 rebounds per game, and was honored with a selection to the All-Racine County boys’ basketball team (along with Tony Romo of Burlington High School).

Butler finished his prep basketball career at the Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine. During this time he met Jim Calhoun and later earned a scholarship to the University of Connecticut. Butler was named Big East Player of the Year in 2002 and led the Huskies to a Big East championship.

Butler was a lottery pick in the 2002 NBA draft, being selected 10th overall by the Miami Heat. In his Players’ Tribune article, Butler described how he felt after being drafted.

“I was just the happiest guy in the world. I wanted to make my family proud, and I wanted to make Racine proud.”

Butler played for 9 teams in his NBA career, including a stint with the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2013-2014 season. He was two-time all-star with the Washington Wizards and won a championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011.

Through his NBA career – and to this day – Butler is closely involved with the Racine community. Among other things he helped re-open the Bray Center in 2017 and hosts an annual block party.

Though his NBA has come to an end, the future has a lot in store for Caron Butler. In addition to being a college basketball analyst for ESPN, a movie about Butler’s life is in the works; Mark Wahlberg is rumored to be interested in directing the project.

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