Two months ago Louisiana guard Jared Butler was a relative unknown on the national scene. After eye-popping performances during the first two live evaluation periods in April, Butler is now firmly on the radar of high-major programs and considered one of the better guards in the country.
Perhaps no prospect in the country has raised stock as much as Riverside Academy (LA) junior Jared Butler. The 6’3 guard has seemingly come out of nowhere over the past month and emerged as a highly skilled guard with great potential.
“I feel as if I’m just getting started. I feel as though the first two EYBL sessions allowed me to get my feet wet a bit and now I’m ready to swim. I’m doing well, but I know I can get better.”
While Jared sees room for improvement, college programs have taken a liking to Butler’s game. Wichita State and Texas have extended offers in the past week.
UMass, Houston, Southeastern and Tulane have also offered with Alabama, SMU, Baylor, Memphis, Arkansas and South Alabama all showing interest per Jared.
Butler has been highly productive with MEBO Elite on the EYBL circuit, averaging over 15 points and racking up nearly 5 assists per game. He has great size for a guard at 6’3, with a good looking stroke and excellent vision. Jared has the potential to slide to either guard spot at the next level with his diverse skillset and thick frame.
“I think being the general of he team and being someone who can always be counted on is the biggest strength of my game,” Butler told Endless Motor Sports. “I like being the teammate that you want to play with and opposing teams hate to play against.”
While Butler is in no hurry to make an immediate decision, he’s trending toward an early fall commitment.
“I want to make a decision by late September or early October and sign in January,” said Jared.
The recent recognition for Butler is well deserved considering the ability he’s displayed, but his primary goal is helping MEBO get to the promise land.
“My goal is to be the best team we can be. In my opinion we could shock the world by making Peach Jam and going further than people think.”
Jared is one of the more under-appreciated guards in the country for the 2018 class. His combination of size, shooting, and tremendous vision make him one of the most versatile perimeter prospects available.