Former Dawg Susan Lester To Play Pro In Turkey

INDIANAPOLIS - Susan Lester, a 2010 Butler graduate who finished her career 10th in Butler history in scoring and fourth in rebounding, has signed a contract to play professional basketball in Turkey. 

Lester, an Anderson, Ind., native and a 2006 Pendleton Heights High School graduate, will leave in the next week to play for a club in Mersin, Turkey. 

"I'm very excited for the opportunity to play professional basketball overseas," Lester said. "I got the call from the agent and it was exciting but also overwhelming because everything happens so fast. I had a thousand thoughts go through my mind."

"I'm excited that this opportunity came available for Susan," Butler head coach Beth Couture said. "She made the commitment over the summer to explore any possibility to play overseas and she landed a great opportunity in Turkey. She is one of the most accomplished players I've had in my years at Butler and I'm sure she will be very successful at the next level.

"We wish Sue all the best in her professional basketball career."

Lester, the 2010 Horizon League Sixth Player of the Year and an all-newcomer team selection in 2007, finished her Butler career with 1,275 points and 781 career rebounds. She is one of six players in Butler history with 1,200 career points and 700 career rebounds. After her basketball days at BU were done, she played one season of volleyball for the Bulldogs and helped the team to a conference championship. 

"The thing I'll miss about Butler is the close bond I have with my teammates and coaches," Lester said. "My teammates have been supportive during this process and the coaches have been very helpful with the paperwork and contract."

Lester, a 2006 Indiana All-Star at Pendleton Heights, had been preparing for her professional career by playing with the current Bulldogs while she has been a reading teacher at Garden City Elementary in Indianapolis. She said her Butler career prepared her well for playing pro basketball.

"Every year at Butler the coaches worked me harder to improve," Lester said. "My coaches and teammates helped me get better. I will miss the competitiveness of our practices and games."

She is the second former Bulldog this fall to sign to play overseas. Brittany Bowen, a 2011 grad, recently left to play in Denmark.