Butler dismisses starting guard Chrishawn Hopkins
With four starters returning from a year ago, Butler was expected to be a contender in the Atlantic 10. Only three will be back, though, as the Bulldogs dismissed guard Chrishawn Hopkins.
|Chrishawn Hopkins was expected to be the starting point guard for Butler this season. (US Presswire)|
Butler is expected to be a borderline Top 25 team during its first season in the Atlantic 10, but the Bulldogs suffered a major blow Wednesday. Chrishawn Hopkins, one of four returning starters, was dismissed from the team.
“We consider it a privilege to represent Butler University as a member of our team,” coach Brad Stevens said in a release. “With that privilege, comes a requirement and responsibility to meet the standard of our team rules. Dismissal is the consequence of a failure to do so.”
Hopkins, a 6-foot-1 guard, started 24 games for the Bulldogs last season. He averaged 9.1 points and 2.4 rebounds.
His family also released a statement shortly after Stevens' announcement of Hopkins' dismissal.
“It’s with extreme regret that we were informed today that Chrishawn was released from the Butler Men’s Basketball Program. His dismissal was due to a repeat violation of team rules and standards. Although the mistakes he’s made were enough to constitute his dismissal from the program … These mistakes will not define who Chrishawn is as a person or a player. He will move forward and accept these mistakes as life lessons. We would like to thank the Butler Athletic Department, Coaches, Players and Administrators for the opportunity. Additionally, on behalf of our family, we extend our deepest and sincerest apologies to everyone whom this impacts.”
With Ronald Nored using up his eligibility, Hopkins was expected to be the starting point guard this season. Stevens does have plenty of options on the perimeter, though. Australian sophomore Jackson Aldridge had his moments last season when given extended minutes, while freshman Chris Harrison-Docks brings confidence to the position. Butler is loaded on the wings, with Arkansas transfer Rotnei Clarke and freshman Kellen Dunham joining Roosevelt Jones and Chase Stigall.
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