Brandon Crone, who helped lead Butler to the most successful basketball season in school history, has signed a professional contract to continue playing basketball in France for the 2007-08 season. The former Butler team captain will join Mulhouse in the French Basketball League in August.
Crone, a 6-6 forward, was Butler's second-leading rebounder and third-leading scorer in 2006-07. He averaged 11.4 points and 4.7 rebounds, while helping the Bulldogs to a 29-7 record, a championship in the NIT Season Tip-Off, a co-championship in the Horizon League and a berth in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. Butler set a school and Horizon League record by being ranked among the nation's "Top 25" teams for 16 consecutive weeks, and the Bulldogs became the first team in league history to be ranked in the "Top 10" nationally. Butler's 29 wins also set a school and league record.
A four-year letterwinner, Crone played in 118 games at Butler, including 91 as a starter. He was in Butler's starting lineup in his final 77 collegiate games, and he tied a school record with 36 starts in 2006-07. The Butler forward scored a career-best 410 points and grabbed a career-high 168 rebounds as a senior. and he finished his collegiate career with 997 points and 493 rebounds.
Mulhouse competed in the second division of the French Basketball League last season. The team's schedule begins in September and continues through May. Crone will be the second Butler player competing in the French Basketball League. Former Butler player Jermaine Guice plays for Chalon in the first division of the league.
Butler basketball players Pete Campbell and Willie Veasley will assist Clarian Health in producing a video to encourage youngsters to become more active. The two Bulldogs will participate in a jump rope activity at Harcourt Elementary School on Thursday, July 19. The event will be filmed and used as part of Clarian's health initiative. Campbell, who will be entering his final season with the Bulldogs, played in 35 games for the Bulldogs last season and wound up as the team's fourth-leading scorer. Veasley also played in 35 games last year, his first season at Butler.