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January 17, 2019 New mentality helps Butters grow as Mid-Prairie’s top rebounder
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Tom Butters has become a rebounding machine for Mid-Prairie and it is paying dividends for the Golden Hawks. Butters said he puts the increased rebounding on staying in a physical mentality.

“The past years I haven’t been as physical of a player, but I found out that playing with this mentality nobody else wants to get physical,” Butters said. “This year especially I’ve turned on the physicality and (other) people shy away from that.”

The leading rebounder in all of Class 2A and 10th in the state in rebounds per game at 12.2 rebounds per game, Butters has been on a tear since coming back from the break. In the four games Mid-Prairie has played in 2019, he has averaged 17.8 rebounds per game including a 23-rebound game at Anamosa.

This is the third year Butters has played varsity minutes and his rebounding has increased over that time. He averaged 4.8 per game as a sophomore and 7.6 last year as a junior. Mid-Prairie coach Daren Lambert said Butters is just operating at a level he hasn’t seen in the past.

“He wants to be identified as a rebounder and he’s fighting at a whole new level I haven’t seen in three years,” Lambert said.

Lambert said he feels like Butters has made the connection between grabbing rebounds and seeing his own point totals go up.

“I think he’s seen how easy it is to score when you go get rebounds,” Lambert said.

Butters grabbed 16 rebounds in a 78-61 win over West Liberty on Friday night, which led to a career-high 30 point outing for Butters.

Beyond the work on the glass, Butters said part of it has been the team’s chemistry.

The improved rebounding has been part of a Mid-Prairie resurgence leading to wins. This year’s seniors have matched their highest win total in the other three years already with at least nine games remaining this season.

In the meantime, Butters said he’s just enjoying the wins and will keep working for rebounds.

“I just keep telling myself to never settle and that every shot I see go up is a potential rebound.”

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