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Baylor’s Jared Butler, MaCio Teague exploring NBA draft but could return

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FEB 03 Baylor at Kansas State

MANHATTAN, KS - FEBRUARY 03: Baylor Bears guard Jared Butler (12) brings the ball up court in the second half of a Big 12 basketball game between the Baylor Bears and Kansas State Wildcats on February 3, 2020 at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, KS. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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WACO, Texas -- Baylor All-Big 12 guard Jared Butler plans to enter his name into the NBA draft pool while keeping open his option to return to the Bears for his junior season.

Butler announced his intentions in a Twitter post Monday, meaning the top two scorers from Baylor’s 26-4 season are now exploring the draft.

The 6-foot-3 Butler led the Bears with 16 points a game, which was third in the Big 12 Conference. He was second in the league with 2.57 made 3-pointers per game.

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Bears junior MaCio Teague, who was 10th in the Big 12 at 13.9 points a game, said last month that he was putting his name in the draft while keeping open the possibility of returning to Baylor. He was a second-team All-Big 12 pick.

Before the season was cut short because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bears were the Big 12 runner-ups and spent five weeks as the nation’s No. 1 team during a conference-record 23-game winning streak. They were No. 5 in the final AP Top 25 poll.

“To my teammates, this season was a special one, though it got cut short,” Butler wrote in his tweet. “There is no other group of men I would’ve taken this journey with. We are brothers for life.”