Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, the Baylor Bears shocked the world of collegiate hoops when they throttled the prior-to undefeated Gonzaga Bulldogs for the 2021 NCAA national championship. Gonzaga’s one-and-done star Jalen Suggs, with his incredible draft profile, ceiling, and recent performance is projected to go within the top five picks in the draft. However, Baylor has its own scoring guard that teams are starting to get high on as well.
At 21-years-old, Jared Butler will be one of the older prospects going into this year’s draft. He is coming off of a scintillating performance in the NCAA Tournament, in which he was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. He follows in the footsteps of Steph Curry and Buddy Hield as semi-heralded prospects who saw their draft stock dramatically rise after a banner year. Not bad company for the youngster.
Now, to be fair to his detractors going into the draft, Butler has some growing to do. His shooting splits are solid, but for his size (6’3, -200 lbs), he’s not very athletic. He’s also definitely more of a scorer than a facilitator at this point in his basketball career, and he’s probably a little too small to shift up to the two-guard spot. Finally, while he is young, as is expected of a rookie, he is also one of the oldest rookies on the board. As is, his ceiling is much closer than that of Cade Cunningham or Suggs.