By Paul Nilsen
Great Britain star Kimberly Butler has been rewarded for her influential performances during the summer in EuroBasket Women Qualifying Round by being handed the chance to play in Euroleague Women again.
Three years after a handful of fleeting appearances with Kosice during which she failed to trouble the scorers, TTT Riga will be hoping it is a very different story this time around after giving the versatile forward an opportunity to shine.
It's certainly been quite a summer for the player. Having secured Great Britain a historic first spot at EuroBasket Women in Poland next year with 9.5 points and 5.5 rebounds during 25 minutes per game, she will now make the switch from Greece to Latvia at club level.
Last season Butler played with Panionios where she averaged double digits while she previously played in Greece with Panthinaikos as a rookie-pro after graduating from Oregon State.
After moving on to Anda Ramat Hasharon in Israel where she played in EuroCup Women, she went on to play 12 games in the same competition during 2008/09 with Spanish side CB Feve San Jose and harvested over 10 points and 5 boards per game.
A decent player at the defensive end too, TTT Riga clearly feel the time is now right for the 28 year old to prove she can produce amongst the European elite.
Originally hailing from Tacoma, Washington, Butler will join up with fellow USA born duo Jacinta Monroe and Shavonte Zellous.