Niesha Butler—one of the hardest working, emerging celebrity sports personalities in the country. Her explosive career growth can be attributed to nothing less than an unstoppable energy on the court, razor-sharp talents as a sports analyst, and all the charm and on-camera finesse of a seasoned sports anchor. From the first hint of her amazing talents as a child athlete, Niesha left a trail of success not seldom duplicated—Super-star collegiate and pro athlete, network sports analyst, TV and film work, modeling, and a list of credits to be envied.
Born in New York and proud of her Aruban/Dutch and Puerto Rican heritage, Niesha developed her zeal for sports early on as the only 4th grade basketball player on Washington Heights Incarnation Catholic School’s varsity team. Niesha’s parents helped build the foundation of her seemingly limitless talents and motivation, by providing not only positive mentoring and roll modeling, but by involving her in a broad spectrum of creative and athletic endeavors as well. Her adoptive father and team coach, George, pushed and trained Niesha hard—a contribution that led Incarnation to win the CYC Championship. George also trained Niesha in her Track and Field and Gymnastics pursuits. Alice-Patricia, Niesha’s mother, engaged her in acting and dancing classes at New York’s Broadway Dance Studio where Niesha developed talents in ballet and modern jazz dance. She starred in every school dramatic production, and played flute in the school’s band. In addition to her physical and creative talents, Niesha’s nationally-ranked, high academics led her to scholarships with Colombia Prep Middle School where she led the school’s basketball team to Ivy League Division Champions. She was the first girl ever to play for the Gaucho’s, a youth team famous for fostering nearly every top NYC professional player, including Kenny Anderson, Chris Mullen, Stephon Marbury, and a host of others.
Niesha was named MVP while playing on the high school All Star team at the age of 12, and made history as the first ever 8th grade USAToday’s All American player. She led Riverdale Country School to Division Title Champions, received All City and All American Honors, and earned the cover of the first annual Village Voice Women In Sports edition.
After a jaw-dropping high-school basketball career achieving All Time Leading Scorer across all New York High Schools and being the only other person along with Kareem Abdul Jabbar to be selected to the ALL -City Team for all four years, Niesha was inevitably recruited by collegiate sports where she led the league in points per game as Georgia Tech’s top basketball player and scorer while majoring in International Affairs. She became the first player in Georgia Tech history to win the ACC Rookie of the Year Award and was named Freshman All American by both Women’s Basketball News Service and the Women’s Basketball Journal. She lead the ACC in scoring as a freshman and was ranked top five in assists, steals and rebounding. She was also one of the few of Tech’s players to participate in USA Basketball sanctioned competitions, and the youngest player ever invited to the summer World University Games trials. Even a torn ACL couldn’t stop Niesha as she pushed herself through surgery and rehab to make her mark on the ACC second team. As America took notice, Niesha’s beauty, talents, and strength quickly moved her into TV and film, starring in four major projects, including Noah Buschel’s The Missing Person and Bringing Rain, Mr. Moe’s One Night Stand, Spike Lee’s She Hate Me, HBO pilot “Da Brick” and numerous television commercials.
Later Butler completed a parenthetic backpacking journey across Europe, then continued setting milestones as she landed a job with MBF Clearing Corporation on the NYMEX—one of the nation’s leading futures commission merchant—where she showed her un-daunted abilities to succeed as the only female to clerk in the exchange’s natural gas and crude oil pits.
Her career has since blossomed into TV Sports Anchor and Analyst, Magazine, and most recently into mentoring and guiding up-and-coming young athletes through the challenges and delicate nuances of collegiate sports strategies and choices. Modeling for YM, Team, 17, The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, Vibe, and Source Sports Magazines, Niesha’s public image has become well known across the US. She was sports anchor and reporter for NewsWatch LA, MSG Varsity Network, Verizon Fios Network, and Bronxnet. She was featured on BET Network’s Mad Sports and Good Morning America with Robin Roberts, and Special Sports Commentator on Ramblin Wreck TV. As a professional basketball player, Niesha’s abilities
graced Spain’s Premier Division’s FIBA Cup as well as the Dominican Republic’s First Division Team. She signed a training camp contract with the New York Liberty and Phoenix Mercury but due to injuries she was sidelined and has since retired. She is the founder of Sports DBN, an all encompassing sports database and network site, and will soon launch her first published endeavor—“A Student’s Guide to Collegiate Sports Decisions”. Niesha Butler is a talented, charismatic superstar with a keen sense of purpose and undaunted perseverance.
With Kobe Bryant having to take his own mother to court, with Lebron James getting the MVP award 4 out of 5 years and as Magic said it “He aint in no commercials”, and now with rumors swirling around Larry Drew concerning his job security with the Atlanta Hawks, Im wondering where is the love […]