Men's Basketball

Butler's Mack leaving for NBA Draft

Butler guard Shelvin Mack (1) in the first half of a men's NCAA Final Four championship college basketball game Monday April 4, 2011, in Houston.  Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff
Butler guard Shelvin Mack (1) in the first half of a men's NCAA Final Four championship college basketball game Monday April 4, 2011, in Houston. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff

Butler guard Shelvin Mack says he's keeping his name in the June 23 NBA Draft and won't return for his senior season with the small Indiana school that made it to the NCAA basketball finals two years running.

Mack is Butler's all-time NCAA Tournament scoring leader with 232 points in 13 games.

The former Bryan Station star was home in Lexington on Sunday for Mother's Day and told The Indianapolis Star by phone he thinks it's a good time for him to chase his dreams.

"I think it's a good time for me personally to go after my dreams," Mack told the newspaper.

Mack said not being drafted would be a "worst-case scenario," but added he would be "OK with that" if it happened.

"I can't worry about the end result," Mack told the Star. "All I can do is work hard and get in the best shape."

The Bulldogs now face a significant rebuilding project with the departure of five seniors, including starters Matt Howard and Shawn Vanzant.

Butler fell to Connecticut in the April 4 title game in Houston, 53-41. The Bulldogs lost to Duke in the 2010 finals.

Mack was the Horizon League's pre-season player of the year before struggling with his shooting more much of the regular season. He averaged 16.0 points and shot 35.4 percent on three-pointers.

But his stellar play in the NCAA Tournament included games of 30 and 27 points. He averaged 20.3 per game.

At Bryan Station, Mack averaged 23.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 3.8 steals as a senior.

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