2003 BB Update: Jackie Butler

Mississippi standout draws impressive crowd

Butler Draws Impressive Crowd

Life is good for 6-10 junior center Jackie Butler.

Butler is posting huge numbers this year. He's scoring 25 a night and grabbing 17 rebounds, blocking 9 shots and is even distributing to the tune of 5 a game. "He's legit," McComb head coach Hilton Harrell said. "It looks like he's getting better and better every night. He's running the court better. That was the rap on him. He's stronger and much more agile."

Harrell says Butler's biggest night of the year was earlier in the week in the first round of the state playoffs when he scored 35, grabbed 22 rebounds and blocked 5 shots.

Harrell played professionally in the NBA so he knows talent. "He's got the best hands I've ever seen."

As it goes, some of the nation's best programs have seen those hands in action. Head coaches from LSU, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Mississippi, St. John's, Florida, North Carolina, Memphis, Louisville and Texas have seen him in action this year.

McComb has won 25 games in a row leaving Butler in a fight for state player of the year honors. "Al Jefferson and Travis Outlaw, their team's aren't going anywhere," Harrell said. "Jackie doesn't have the supporting cast they do. That shows you how dominant this kid is."


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