Jared Butler is Big 12 Male Athlete of the Year

Butler is Big 12 Male Athlete of the Year

Former Baylor Men’s Basketball’s Jared Butler—arguably the program’s best player ever—was named the 2020-21 Big 12 Male Athlete of the Year, sweeping the conference’s postseason awards by a landslide. The Big 12 announced Butler’s being named Big 12 Male Athlete of the Year on Tuesday in a press release where they noted “Nominees are submitted by Big 12 institutions and selected, based on athletic performance, academic achievement and citizenship, by a media panel as well as fan voting conducted through Big12Sports.com.” Butler is the third male athlete from Baylor to win the award and he’s the first one since 2014 when Baylor QB Bryce Petty took home the honor. Fellow Baylor QB and Heisman trophy winner Robert Griffin III was the Bears’ first male athlete award winner in 2010. Butler is also the only athlete ever in the conference to be named Big 12 Athlete of the Year, Sportsperson of the Year, and Scholar-Athlete of the Year. In my previous post about his winning Sportsperson of the Year, I wrote “According to Baylor Athletics’ Jerry Hill (papa), “The Sportsperson of the Year Awards began in 2000-01 to annually recognize student-athletes who displayed an extraordinary degree of sportsmanship, community service and academic achievement. A 10-person media panel selects the male and female honorees.” And last week Thursday, Butler was named Big 12 Male Sportsperson of the Year following an incredibly historic final season with the National Champion Men’s Basketball team. In my May 30th post about Butler, the now Big 12 Male Sportsperson of the Year, declaring for the 2021 NBA Draft, I wrote “Butler is a unanimous All-American with honors on the All-Big 12 First Team, All-Big 12 All-Defensive Team, Sporting News’ All-American First Team, National Association of Basketball Coaches All-America First Team, and being named the Associated Press’ Big 12 Player of the Year and Most Outstanding Player of the 2021 Final Four. Jared Butler finished his Baylor career as arguably the best player in program history and in his final season shooting 47.1% (177-376) of his field goals, 41.6% (77-185) of 3s, and 78% (71-91) of free throws with a total of 99 boards, 144 assists, 59 steals, 11 blocks, and 502 points.” Outside of basketball, Butler represents his fellow student athletes on the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee and teaches 2nd and 3rd grade Sunday school classes at Harris Creek Baptist Church.” After collecting such accolades, I think we can all agree that Jared Butler rightfully earned the title of best Baylor Men’s Basketball player ever!

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