A few days ago the 2021 NBA Draft took place and two of Baylor Men’s Basketball’s former fan favorites—Davion Mitchell and Jared Butler—were drafted in the first round at pick No. 9 by the Sacramento Kings and at the 40th pick in the second round by the New Orleans Pelicans with a swap to the Utah Jazz, respectively (I wrote about the selections and the two guards in this post)! According to Baylor Athletics’ Jerry Hill (papa) in this article, “With the two picks [Thursday night], Baylor has now had eight NBA Draft picks in the last 10 drafts, the most of any team in the state of Texas and the second-most in the Big 12 Conference since 2012. The Bears have accounted for eight of 28 draft picks from Texas universities since 2012.” The selections of Mitchell and Butler were thrilling for any and all Baylor fans and the joy kept coming when fellow seniors MaCio Teague and Mark Vital signed free agent contracts with Teague joining Butler in Utah in an Exhibit 10 role (a one year deal worth the minimum salary) and Vital going to the Portland Trail Blazers’ Las Vegas Summer League. At the end of the regular season, Teague tied the Baylor record for 3s in a game with 10 and 35 points was named to the All-Big 12 Third Team list and AP All-Big 12 Second Team. He completed this season shooting 47.8% (176-368) of field goals, 39.5% (60-152) of 3s, and 83.1% (64-77) of free throws with at total of 50 assists, 24 steals, 11 blocks, and 476 points—the second highest on the team. Prior to the Bears’ historic national championship run and victory, Vital shot 48.6% (54-111) of his field goals and 48% (24-50) of free throws with a total of 30 assists, 27 steals, 23 blocks, and 132 points. Both Teague and Vital have a lot to look forward to in the pros and I’m sure all of Baylor Nation will continue cheering them on as well!