Jared Butler Returns to Baylor Men’s Basketball

Jared Butler

At the end of July, Baylor fans celebrated the return of MaCio Teague to the Baylor Men’s Basketball team after he rescinded his declaration to the NBA Draft. As I stated in that post, “Baylor MBB had arguably their best season of all time, finishing the regular season with a 26-4 record with a 23-game winning streak that made school and Big 12 history (they broke Kansas’ 1996-97 22-game record). They were also ranked No. 1 in the nation for five consecutive weeks, which, according to Baylor Athletics’ Jerry Hill “was the longest by any team since Kentucky in 2015.” Much of the team’s success was thanks to not only Teague, but also sophomore G Jared Butler, who today announced he would return to Baylor instead of participating in the NBA Draft. Jared was arguably the Bears’ star player alongside Teague, G Davion Mitchell, F Freddie Gillespie, and F Tristan Clark. As a sophomore, Jared led the team and averaged 16 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists and was named to the Big 12’s All-Conference First Team. In a video announcement released today, Jared said, “Last season at Baylor was the most incredible experience of my basketball career…but then our season was cut short. We didn’t get the chance to finish what we started. In the spring, I decided to put my name in the NBA draft and evaluate my professional career. …But through it all, one thing remained in my mind: unfinished business. Baylor, I’m coming back. Let’s go win a national championship.” The Bears will return all five of their starters from the historic 2019-20 season with Jared’s announcement and, should COVID not hinder the 2020-21 basketball season, help the Bears in their journey toward a national championship as one of the favorites in the country. Baylor Men’s Basketball couldn’t receive any better news!

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