Caron Butler remembers Tony Romo, the basketball player
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Back in their high school days, Caron Butler and Tony Romo shared the same basketball court, growing up in Wisconsin.
They were two-fifths of the All-Racine County boys' basketball team in 1998. Butler averaged 24 points and 11 rebounds at Racine's Park High School. Romo averaged 24.3 points and 8.8 rebounds.
"We actually did great against them," Butler said. "We were 2-0 against them."
Butler was named a first-team All-State player. Romo was a third-team pick.
"He was a great scorer," Butler said. "His IQ for the game was unbelievable. He set you up, put you in great situations."
They never played in a game together, even AAU. Butler finished his high school career at Maine Central Institute before going to Connecticut and developing into a first-round pick by Miami. Romo went to Eastern Illinois on a football scholarship and you know the rest of his story.
When Butler watches Romo play quarterback, he sees some of the same things he saw in high school.
"He's a guy out there with great vision, that's dominating," Butler said. "I'm happy for him. He truly is a great dude, hard worker, a guy that comes back to be a pillar in the community, doing a lot of work. I'm truly happy for him."
They have yet to get together since Butler was traded to the Mavericks.
"I'll definitely see him, reach out," Butler said.