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Baylor's Davion Mitchell, Jared Butler Selected in 2021 NBA Draft

July 30, 2021
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Baylor guards Davion Mitchell and Jared Butler were both selected by the in the 2021 NBA Draft on Thursday night at Barclays Center. Mitchell was chosen No. 9 overall in the first round by the Sacramento Kings, while Butler was selected No. 40 overall in the second round by the New Orleans Pelicans, with reports that he’ll be traded to the Utah Jazz.

With the two picks tonight, Baylor has now had eight NBA Draft picks in the last 10 drafts, the most of any team in the state of Texas and the second-most in the Big 12 Conference since 2012. The Bears have accounted for eight of 28 draft picks from Texas universities since 2012.

The Bears have had nine NBA Draft picks in the Drew era – Ekpe Udoh (No. 6 in 2010), Perry Jones III (No. 28 in 2012), Quincy Acy (No. 37 in 2012), Quincy Miller (No. 38 in 2012), Pierre Jackson (No. 42 in 2014), Cory Jefferson (No. 60 in 2014), Taurean Prince (No. 12 in 2017), Mitchell (No. 9 in 2021) and Butler (No. 40 in 2021).

Mitchell’s selections marks the third top-10 draft pick in program history behind Udoh (No. 6 in 2010) and Vinnie Johnson (No. 7 in 1979). He’s the seventh first-round pick in program history, and the Bears have now had 22 all-time draft picks. Mitchell and Butler combine to give the Bears multiple draft picks in the same season for the third time, following Micheal Williams and Darryl Middleton in 1988 and Jones III, Miller and Acy in 2012.

Butler is the first Baylor player selected by the New Orleans Pelicans franchise, while Mitchell joins Alex Holcombe (1993, No. 44 overall) as the second BU player drafted by the Sacramento Kings.

Fellow draft-eligible Baylor players Mark Vital and MaCio Teague are now eligible to sign free agent contracts with any NBA team.

Vital, Teague, Butler and Mitchell combined to lead the Bears to the first Big 12 Championship and first National Championship in program history. BU won its first conference title since 1950 Southwest Conference play, and the Bears advanced to the third Final Four in program history (1948, 1950). That four-some combined to lead the Bears to a 54-6 record over the last two seasons.

Butler was named 2021 Final Four Most Outstanding Player and became the first consensus First-Team All-American in program history, while Mitchell was the 2021 National Defensive Player of the Year and was named 2021 NCAA South Regional MVP. Vital graduated as the Bears’ all-time leader in Big 12 victories (45) and was a three-time All-Big 12 selection, and Teague earned All-Conference honors in all four of his collegiate seasons, capping that off with All-America recognition in his senior season.

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BAYLOR NBA DRAFT HISTORY

YEAR   NAMES, POS.                  RD       PICK     TEAM

1949     James Owens, G/F           2          21          Washington

1950     Don Heathington, F/C       9          -            New York

1957     Jerry Mallett, G                 4          31          Syracuse

1965     Spencer Carlson, F           10        79          St. Louis

1967     Darrell Hardy, C                3          21          Detroit

1971     William Chatmon, F          15        218        Buffalo

1979     Vinnie Johnson, G            1          7            Seattle

1982     Terry Teagle, G                 1          16          Houston

1986     Carlos Briggs, G               4          79          San Antonio

1988     Micheal Williams, G          2          48          Detroit

1988     Darryl Middleton, F/C        3          68          Atlanta

1993     Alex Holcombe, C             2          44          Sacramento

1998     Brian Skinner, F/C            1          22          L.A. Clippers

2010     Ekpe Udoh, F/C                1          6            Golden State

2012     Perry Jones III, F              1          28          Oklahoma City

2012     Quincy Acy, F                   2          37          Toronto

2012     Quincy Miller, F                 2          38          Denver

2013     Pierre Jackson, G             2          42          Philadelphia

2014     Cory Jefferson, F              2          60          San Antonio

2016     Taurean Prince, F             1          12          Utah

2021     Davion Mitchell, G            1          9            Sacramento

2021     Jared Butler, G                  2          40          New Orleans

BIG 12 NBA DRAFT PICKS SINCE 2012
Kansas – 13
BAYLOR – 8
Iowa State – 7
Texas – 7
Oklahoma – 4
Oklahoma State – 4
Texas Tech – 3
West Virginia – 2
Kansas State – 1
TCU – 1

NBA DRAFT PICKS FROM TEXAS SCHOOLS SINCE 2012
BAYLOR – 8
Texas – 7
SMU – 3
Texas Tech – 3
Houston – 2
Texas A&M – 2
North Texas – 1
TCU – 1
UT Arlington - 1

 
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