Bute takes on a Division 1 University

Sandro Garcia (Policy Advisor Cabinet ECYS), Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Silveria Jacobs, Shemar Deion Bute, Jonelle Richardson (Head of the Department of Sports)



PHILIPSBURG — In a previous article posted on June 12th, 2017, it was stated that for the first time in history, St. Maartener Shemar Deion Bute was scouted to play at a Division 1 University.

As a Ministry, we would like to state that the information presented was erroneously mentioned as we’ve had many students attend and play at D1 Universities. The Ministry, through the Department of Sports has recognized many athletes and would like to continue to do so. If there are any athletes who are doing well or who have done well in their respective sport and are being impactful, they should contact the Department of Sports and provide the information accordingly.

The Ministry will continue to develop an archive of athletes and to ensure its accuracy we welcome any and all information pertaining to athletes current and past who have been signed with Universities and or teams on all levels, sectors and countries.  This information should  be sent to the Department of Sports’ Facebook page at “Department of Sports SXM” or via email to sportaffairs@sintmaartengov.org.  The Ministry continues to encourage our athletes to work hard and dream big within their respective sport, and we will continue to highlight our students/youth at home and abroad in an effort to recognize our youth doing good, whether academically, artistically, or in sports, as a source of inspiration to current students.

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PHILIPSBURG – For the first time in history, St. Maartener Shemar Deion Bute has been drafted to a Division 1 school.

Bute, a graduate of Tallahassee Community College (TCC) will be attending Connecticut Central State University (CCSU) in the Fall of 2017. He currently plays center, but will be a forward at CCSU. Bute is a graduate of St. Maarten Academy and was awarded Athlete of the Year.

Bute is a second-year participant on Tallahassee Community College men’s basketball team. After attending TCC for a year, he earned a spot on the Eagles’ 2015-2016 roster and promptly averaged 7.6 points and 5.6 rebounds in 31 games, good for a spot on the Coaches’ All-Panhandle Conference Second-team. He was also named to the FCSAA All-Tournament Team after helping the Eagles to the tournament championship game. Academically, Deion is an honors student and was named All-Academic by the Panhandle Conference in 2016. (Contributed from tcc.edu)

Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Silveria Jacobs met with Bute where he discussed his current academic position as well as his professional aspirations. Minister Jacobs expressed her excitement for Bute, and wished him the best in all his future endeavors. She also ensured that the Ministry will be willing to support Bute in any way possible.