Jared Butler
Jared Butler (cropped).jpg
Butler in 2019
No. 12 – Baylor Bears
PositionPoint guard
LeagueBig 12 Conference
Personal information
Born (2000-08-25) August 25, 2000 (age 20)
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolRiverside Academy
(Reserve, Louisiana)
CollegeBaylor (2018–present)
Career highlights and awards

Jared Butler (born August 25, 2000) is an American college basketball player for the Baylor Bears of the Big 12 Conference. As a junior in 2021, he was named a consensus first-team All-American and helped lead the Bears to a national championship. Butler was named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player (MOP).

Early life and high school career

Butler is the son of Richard and Juanea Butler. By the time he was eleven years old, he was competing in out-of-state basketball tournaments.[1] Butler grew up in Reserve, Louisiana and attended Riverside Academy, where he joined the school's varsity basketball team as an eighth grader.[2] As a junior, he averaged 20.4 points and 6.7 assists and was named first team all-state.[3] Butler averaged 27.4 points, 8.8 rebounds, 8.4 assists and 3.0 steals during his senior season and was again named first team All-State as well as Player of the Year by The Times-Picayune.[4] Rated a four-star prospect, Butler committed to play college basketball at Alabama over offers from Virginia and Baylor.[5] He picked the Crimson Tide because he was confused why Baylor was not recruiting him harder despite his coach Tim Byrd being friends with Bears coach Scott Drew; the Bears were short on scholarships and long on guards.[1]

College career

Butler enrolled at Alabama, but did not participate in the team's summer workouts and requested an unconditional release from his letter of intent in order to transfer to Baylor University.[6] Alabama released him from his commitment in August.[7] A scholarship had opened up at Baylor due to the early retirement of Jake Lindsey.[1]

Butler was eligible to play immediately after transferring due to his release. He averaged 10.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists as a true freshman and was named honorable mention All-Big 12 Conference and to the league's All-Freshman team.[8] Butler was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on February 25, 2019 after averaging 14.5 points, 4.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds in conference games against Iowa State and West Virginia.[9]

Butler was named the 98th-best collegiate basketball player going into the 2019–20 season by CBS Sports.[10] On November 5, 2019, Butler scored 30 points and made a career-high eight three-pointers in a 105–61 win over Central Arkansas.[11] He was named the MVP of the 2019 Myrtle Beach Invitational and the Big 12 Player of the Week after averaging 17.7 points, 3.7 assists and 2.7 steals over three games as the Bears won the tournament.[12] On January 11, 2020, Butler scored 22 points as Baylor defeated Kansas for its first win ever at the Phog Allen Fieldhouse.[13] As a result, he earned his second Big 12 Player of the Week honors on January 13.[14] On February 3, he was added to the revised 20-man Wooden Award watchlist and was named one of ten finalists for the Bob Cousy Award.[15][16] At the conclusion of the regular season, Butler was named First Team All-Big 12 and a third-team All-American by the Associated Press, USBWA, NABC and Sporting News after averaging 16.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game.[17][18][19] Following the season, Butler declared for the 2020 NBA draft.[20] On August 3, he announced he was withdrawing from the draft and returning to Baylor.[21]

Coming into his junior season, Butler was named Preseason Big 12 player of the year.[22]

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2018–19 Baylor 34 21 26.8 .395 .351 .794 3.1 2.7 1.0 .1 10.2
2019–20 Baylor 30 30 30.4 .421 .381 .775 3.2 3.1 1.6 .1 16.0
2020–21 Baylor 30 30 30.3 .471 .416 .780 3.3 4.8 2.0 .4 16.7
Career 94 81 29.1 .431 .384 .782 3.2 3.5 1.5 .2 14.1

References

  1. ^ a b c Norlander, Matt (January 15, 2020). "Court Report: A photo foretold the future, as Scott Drew and Jared Butler met long before reuniting at Baylor". CBS Sports. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  2. ^ Werner, John (March 19, 2019). "Butler following in Tweety's footsteps". Waco Tribune-Herald. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  3. ^ Walker, Rod (August 12, 2017). "Prep notebook: Riverside hoops standout Jared Butler trims college list to 6 suitors". NOLA.com. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  4. ^ "Former Alabama Recruit Jared Butler Commits to Baylor". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  5. ^ Daniels, Tim (October 16, 2017). "4-Star PG Prospect Jared Butler Commits to Alabama over UVA, Baylor". Bleacher Report. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  6. ^ Zenitz, Mark (August 19, 2019). "4-star Alabama basketball signee leaving program". AL.com. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  7. ^ South, Hank (August 19, 2019). "Alabama hoops signee Jared Butler granted release from LOI". 247Sports.com. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  8. ^ "Baylor's Butler to try out for USA Under-19 team". Waco Tribune-Herald. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  9. ^ "Butler named Big 12 newcomer of week". Waco Tribune-Herald. February 25, 2019. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  10. ^ Boone, Kyle; Norlander, Matt; Parrish, Gary (October 24, 2019). "Ranking the Top 100 And 1 best players in college basketball entering the 2019-20 season". CBSSports.com. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  11. ^ "Butler's 30 points lead No. 16 Baylor to 105–61 win over UCA". ESPN. Associated Press. November 5, 2019. Retrieved February 20, 2020.
  12. ^ "Baylor's Butler named Big 12 Men's Basketball Player of the Week". KWTX.com. November 25, 2019. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  13. ^ "Jared Butler, No. 4 Baylor outlast No. 3 Kansas in rare Bears victory on Jayhawks' hallowed hardwood". ESPN. January 11, 2020. Retrieved January 12, 2020.
  14. ^ "Baylor and West Virginia Claim Men's Basketball Awards". Big 12 Conference. January 13, 2020. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  15. ^ "Baylor's Jared Butler added as Wooden Watch list trimmed to 20". ABC11. February 3, 2020. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  16. ^ "Baylor Guard Jared Butler on Top 10 Watch List for Bob Cousy Award". SicEm365.com. February 3, 2020. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  17. ^ "Men's Basketball All-Big 12 Awards Announced". Big 12 Conference (Press release). March 8, 2020. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
  18. ^ Dauster, Rob (March 10, 2020). "NBC Sports College Basketball All-American Teams". NBC Sports. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  19. ^ "Baylor's Butler Named Consensus All American". Fox44News.com. March 24, 2020. Retrieved March 26, 2020.
  20. ^ "Baylor All-Big 12 guard Jared Butler to test draft waters". ESPN. Associated Press. April 20, 2020. Retrieved April 21, 2020.
  21. ^ Givony, Jonathan (August 3, 2020). "Baylor sophomore Jared Butler withdraws from draft". ESPN. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  22. ^ "Baylor G Jared Butler named Big 12′s preseason player of the year". Dallas Morning News. October 28, 2020. Retrieved November 1, 2020.

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