Butler invited to USA Basketball U19 training camp

WACO, Texas (KWTX) Baylor rising sophomore guard Jared Butler was invited to participate in USA Basketball Men's Under 19 World Cup team training camp that will take place June 15-18 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Source: Baylor Athletics

Butler is one of 33 invitees competing for a spot on the 12-man roster that will play in the 2019 FIBA World Cup in Greece June 29-July 7.

A four-star prospect from Reserve, Louisiana, Butler made a large impact on the Bears' season after transferring from Alabama in August, only months before the season began.

With injuries to seniors King McClure and Makai Mason, Butler was thrust into the starting lineup for the team's final 20 games of the season as well as both of the Bears' NCAA tournament games.

"What you love about him is Jared is a very mature person for his age," Baylor head coach Scott Drew said. "He doesn't mind complimenting people, and you love to see that. He'll talk about the positives of the players rather than, 'He's no good.' Well, he is pretty good."

Whether Butler makes the team or not, people are taking notice of the talent the All-Big 12 honorable mention selection possesses. He can become only the seventh Baylor Bear ever to play with USA Basketball, which is invaluable experience for a growing player that looks to be a centerpiece of the Bears' team next season.