May 8, 2011

Shelvin Mack To Remain In NBA Draft

Shelvin Mack Press Conference

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INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Shelvin Mack, who helped lead Butler to back-to-back Final Four appearances, has decided to forego his final season of eligibility and remain in this year's National Basketball Association draft.  He's the second Butler player in two seasons to leave early for the NBA Draft.

Mack was the second-leading scorer (16.0 PG) for the 29-10 Bulldogs, who reached the NCAA Division I national championship game for a second consecutive year.  A second team All-Horizon League performer in 2010-11, he was named the Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA Southeast Regional, and he was chosen to the All-Tournament Team at the Final Four for a second consecutive year.  He averaged 20.3 points in Butler's six NCAA Tournament games.

The 6-3 junior from Lexington, Ky., finishes his collegiate career in 11th place on Butler's all-time scoring list with 1,527 career points.  He ranks fifth on Butler's all-time assist chart with 357 career assists.  He became the fourth player in Butler men's basketball history to reach 200 three-point field goals during this year's NCAA Tournament, and he finishes his career in fourth place on Butler's all-time list with 216 career three-pointers.

A year ago, Butler sophomore Gordon Hayward declared early for the NBA draft, and he wound up as the No. 9 pick by the Utah Jazz.