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Baylor MBB’s Butler Named Big 12 Male Sportsperson of the Year

Baylor guard Jared Butler celebrates as he walks off the court after the championship game...
Baylor guard Jared Butler celebrates as he walks off the court after the championship game against Gonzaga in the men's Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 5, 2021, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Baylor won 86-70. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)(Darron Cummings | AP)
Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 3:51 PM CDT
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - Baylor’s Jared Butler has been selected as the 2020-21 Big 12 Conference Male Sportsperson of the Year, as announced Thursday by the conference office. Butler is joined by Texas rowing student-athlete Alexandra Watson as the Female Sportsperson of the Year.

The Sportsperson of the Year Awards began in 2000-01 to annually recognize student-athletes who displayed an extraordinary degree of sportsmanship, community service and academic achievement. This year’s winners were selected by a 10-person media panel.

Butler is the seventh Baylor student-athlete named as a Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year, following WBB’s Jessika Stratton (2004), MBB’s Mamadou Diene (2008), WBB’s Melissa Jones (2011), FB’s Robert Griffin III (2012), SB’s Whitney Canion (2014) and WBB’s Lauren Cox (2019).

BU’s seven Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year honorees are second-most in league history behind only Oklahoma’s 10 selections. Texas also has seven award winners, followed by Kansas, Kansas State and Nebraska with four apiece, Iowa State and Texas Tech with two each and Missouri, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M with one honoree.

A Reserve, La., native, Butler served as a speaker at Baylor’s student-athlete unity walk. During his speech, he encouraged his fellow student-athletes to strive for equality and racial justice. He also served as a Sunday School teacher for second- and third-graders at Harris Creek Baptist Church and was a student-athlete representative on the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee.

Butler was previously named 2021 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year and is a three-time Academic All-Big 12 selection. He graduated in May with a BBA in management, three years after enrolling at Baylor in the fall of 2018.

On the court, Butler was named Final Four Most Outstanding Player after leading the Bears to the first National Championship in program history. He became BU’s first consensus First-Team All-American and was tabbed as Associated Press Big 12 Player of the Year and USBWA District VII Player of the Year.

Butler finished third in the Big 12 in scoring with 16.7 points per game, led the Big 12 with 2.0 steals per game and a .416 3-point percentage, ranked third in the league with 4.8 assists per game, fifth with a .471 field goal percentage, second with 2.6 made 3-pointers per game and fifth with a 1.69 assist-to-turnover ratio.

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