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Jared Butler Medically Cleared To Play In NBA

Jul 18, 2021 10:24 AM

Jared Butler of Baylor has been cleared to play in the NBA by the league’s fitness-to-play panel.

Butler was the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four and a potential first round pick.

"I am fully healthy and cleared to play in the NBA!" Butler tweeted out on Saturday. "Out of an abundance of care, the NBA is incredibly thorough in vetting the health of every player during the pre-Draft process and throughout our careers. I am forever grateful that their comprehensive and strict health analysis has unanimously confirmed my fitness to play in the NBA. Now, my focus is entirely on the Draft and working daily to prepare myself to fulfill my lifelong dream !!"

Butler is ranked No. 11 on John Hollinger's list of top players for the 2021 NBA Draft.

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Gonzaga, Baylor, Illinois, Michigan Receive Top Seeds In NCAA Tournament

Mar 14, 2021 6:50 PM

Gonzaga, Baylor, Illinois, and Michigan received No. 1 seeds in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Gonzaga was named the No. 1 seed for the tournament, and are the fifth team to enter the tournament undefeated.

They are also the first team to be ranked as AP's No. 1 from the beginning to the end of the season since Kentucky in 2014-15.

Baylor are the No. 1 seed for the first time in the program's history. 

A printable bracket of the full tournament can be found here.


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Gonzaga, Baylor Schedule Non-Conference Game For December 5th

Oct 3, 2020 1:39 AM

Gonzaga and Baylor are scheduled to play on December 5th at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

The matchup was announced on Thursday by Intersport, which will run the event. 

Both sides are expected to be among the highest ranked teams for the upcoming season, with Baylor ranked No. 1 and Gonzaga ranked No. 3 in ESPN's Way-Too-Early Top 25.

Fans will not be allowed to attend the game.  

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Baylor, Gonzaga Confirm Matchup For Upcoming Season

Aug 19, 2020 1:26 AM

Baylor and Gonzaga confirmed that they will play each other in a matchup sometime this season.

Baylor and Gonzaga are ranked No. 1 and No. 3 respectively in ESPN's preseason college rankings.

"It's great for any sport whenever you can have potentially the top-two-ranked teams playing each other," said Baylor coach Scott Drew.

The date of the matchup is uncertain.

The college basketball season is scheduled to begin on November 10th, but could be delayed by mid-September. 

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Jared Butler Withdraws From Draft, Returns To Baylor

Aug 3, 2020 11:00 AM

Jared Butler has withdrawn from the 2020 NBA Draft to return to Baylor.

"After going through this process, making an important decision for the rest of my life, I truly felt like I couldn't go wrong with either decision," Butler told ESPN. "It came down to making the most out of my development as a player and as an adult. In the end I felt like coming back to school would set me up in both aspects in a way that I couldn't deny. Even though the opportunity to reach my dream of playing in the NBA was readily at hand, I think next year it will still be there, possibly even with greater opportunities."

Butler was ranked the No. 46 prospect in the ESPN 100. He averaged 16 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists for Baylor.

"The feedback I received from NBA teams was really helpful, Butler said. "I think I created relationships with the 20-plus teams I interviewed with and made a good impression on all of them. I had some great conversations, met some great people on Zoom, and learned a lot from it. They highlighted my strengths and weaknesses, which was really helpful in critiquing my own game."

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