Shelvin Mack in NBA Draft Process, Excited about Meeting Michael Jordan

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Shelvin Mack, who helped lead the Butler Bulldogs to back-to-back college basketball national title game appearances, has foregone his final season of eligibility and will remain in this year’s NBA draft.

So far, Shelvin Mack worked out with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Minnesota Timberwolves, and he’s met with the New Orleans Hornets, Utah Jazz, Detroit Pistons, Charlotte Bobcats and Chicago Bulls. He’s the second Butler player in two seasons to leave early for the NBA Draft.

By Paul M. Banks

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OFFICIAL 2011 NBA Draft Early Entries

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The May 8th deadline for college basketball underclassmen to either announce they are returning to school or staying in the NBA Draft for good has past.  There were some very questionable and surprising decisions.  Check out The Sports Bank’s 2011 NBA Mock Draft and click on the player’s name for an in-depth scouting report.

UPDATED: 5/11/11

By: David Kay

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No Return of the Mack to Butler, Shelvin Stays in NBA Draft

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Shelvin Mack, who helped lead the Butler Bulldogs to back-to-back college basketball national title game appearances, has foregone his final season of eligibility and will remain in this year’s NBA draft. He’s the second Butler player in two seasons to leave early for the NBA Draft.
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Butler’s Shelvin Mack Testing NBA Draft Waters

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Butler’s Shelvin Mack has officially submitted the necessary paperwork to declare for this year’s National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft. He has not hired an agent and has followed all of the guidelines to retain his eligibility.

“I’m exploring my options and gathering information to see what opportunities might exist for me,” said Mack, who completed his third season with the Bulldogs.

“I’ve always had a dream to play in the NBA, and I want to make an informed decision on that possibility.” Mack sparked Butler’s run to a second consecutive national championship game. He averaged 20.3 points in Butler’s six NCAA tournament games, and he led or shared the team lead in scoring in five of the six tournament contests. The 6-3 guard had 30 points in Butler’s victory over top-seeded Pittsburgh, and he tallied 27 points in the Bulldogs’ win over second-seeded Florida.

He set a Butler NCAA tournament record with 122 points in this year’s Division I National Championship. “It’s really exciting any time you have a player and person of Shelvin Mack’s calibre who is in a position where we can do the research on what his NBA opportunities might be,” said Butler head coach Brad Stevens. “We look forward to helping him through every step of this process and gathering information to help him with his decision.”

Mack, who started 37 of 38 Butler games this past season, was Butler’s second-leading scorer in 2010-11 with a 16.0 average. He led the Bulldogs in assists (131) and finished third on the team in rebounds (4.5). He was named the Most Outstanding Player at the Southeast Regional, and he was picked to the All-Tournament Team at the Final Four for a second consecutive year.

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Don’t Underestimate Shelvin Mack and Butler Bulldogs

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After dropping three of four in a two week span following Thanksgiving, the Butler Bulldogs fell out of the national rankings and were no longer on the minds of the national college basketball cognoscenti. Conventional wisdom believed that “The Butler Way” peaked last season, and the honeymoon period was now long over.

Sure, the Bulldogs had their struggles, but they’ve won 6 in a row since then, including four over power conference opponents (Utah, Florida St, Washington St, Stanford…Yes, I know it’s difficult to refer to the Pac-10 as a power conference these days).

And even though Gordon Hayward is now in the NBA, they still have another weapon possessing “league” potential in junior guard Shelvin Mack.

By Paul M. Banks

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99 in 99: #20 Butler Bulldogs

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The Hoosiers analogy was used about 37.4 million times during the NCAA Tournament, but what a story it was.  Mid-major Butler making a run to the National Championship in their home city and coming inches away from a half-court heave of walking away with the title.  With a solid core returning from last season, Brad Stevens is ready to prove that last year was no fluke for the Bulldogs.

The Sports Bank’s “99 in 99” ranks the 72 power conference college basketball teams and top 27 mid-majors.  Click here if you missed teams #21-#99.

By: David Kay
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