Indianapolis—Butler guard Shelvin Mack will keep his name in the NBA Draft, Fox59 Sports learned Sunday afternoon.
The guard had until Sunday night to decide whether to keep his name in or remove it and return to the Bulldogs for his senior season. Yahoo! Sports and FoxSports.com were first with the news Sunday morning.
Mack became the second Butler player within the last two years to put his name in for the draft, following the footsteps of Gordon Hayward the year before. Hayward, a Brownsburg native, stayed in the draft and was selected ninth overall by the Utah Jazz. Like Hayward, Mack's NBA interest was increased thanks to a strong NCAA Tournament run to the national championship game.
In six games, Mack averaged 20 points, which included a 30-point effort in an upset over Southeast Regional Top Seed Pittsburgh and 27 in an Elite Eight win over Florida. He then delivered 24 in a victory over Virginia Commonwealth to earn a berth in the national championship game. For the season the guard averaged 16 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game as the Bulldogs top perimeter scorer.
Mack was a starter from the time he arrived on Butler's campus in the Fall of 2008 averaging 11.9 points a game in his first season and then 14.1 in 2009-2010, helping the Bulldogs to their first national championship game.
Despite growing up in the basketball-heavy Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Lexington, Kentucky native decided to go out-of-state to continue his career. At Bryan Station High School, Mack averaged 23 points along with seven rebounds and assists per game in his senior season and was named a 2008 Kentucky All-Star.