The spring is prime time for under the radar recruits to raise their profile with college coaches and evaluators. Among the players taking advantage of that is 2018 point guard Jared Butler.
Playing for Mississippi Express, Butler has proven himself as a competitive lead guard prospect that can impact the game with his scoring, facilitating and defense.
“It’s been good,” Butler said about the spring. “Obviously I’ve gained some attention from coaches and stuff like that, but it’s been good for me. I’ve waited so long to get on this stage and show my ability so it’s been good.”
In a viewing on Sunday, Butler tossed out 10 assists and a played with a competitive edge. But that was far from the only time Butler has been effective this spring. The 6-foot-2 guard has been productive throughout the EYBL, averaging 15.2 points, 5.0 assists and 4.2 rebounds a game.
“I’m charismatic, versatile guard,” Butler said describing his game. “I can pass it, I can shoot it, I can get to the rack any time I want and I'm a dog defender. I get people open shots and that’s just really my game when I’m at my best.”
Butler’s strong play this spring has led to increased interest from college coaches.
“I got some offers from some good coaches and I feel like once by the end of August I’ll be having some big time schools,” Butler said.
“Alabama and Texas text me about every day and the Houston head coach calls me twice a week, telling me what I need to work on and stuff like that,” Butler said.
Among the things that stand out about Alabama is Avery Johnson.
“NBA point guard who played and coached in the NBA, so that’s what I like about Coach Avery,” he said.
Much like Alabama, the draw with the Longhorns is their head coach.
“Shaka Smart is running it,” he said about Texas. “He’s an up and coming guy. He’s young and he’s going to work. He wants to get to the National Championship so that’s what I like about him.”
Houston has been heavily pursuing Butler and he appreciates Kelvin Sampson’s approach.
“He just shows that he’s really bought into my success,” Butler said. “He is calling me and telling me like I’m already a player on the team, telling me what I need to do and what I need to work on and that’s what I like about them.”
To go with his impressive on the court display and his new found recruiting interest, Butler is also excelling in the classroom, where he boasts a 4.0 GPA.