NBA refers Jared Butler to Fitness-To-Play Panel

The NBA has referred former Baylor guard Jared Butler to a Fitness-To-Play Panel and Butler is not permitted to play or practice in the NBA until he is cleared, according to a report from Stadium NBA insider Shams Charania. According to Charania, the panel consists of three physicians — one appointed by the league, one by the players association and the third appointed by the first two physicians.

Butler, who is projected to be a first-round pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, according to ESPN, can do off-court activities like virtual team interviews, meetings and medical exams, per Charania. But Butler is not allowed to do the on-court elements of the predraft process.

A four-star prospect coming out of Riverside Academy in Baylor’s 2018 recruiting class, Butler averaged double-digits all three years at Baylor but had the best year of his career in 2020-21. Butler averaged career-highs in points (16.7 points per game), rebounds (3.3 rebounds per game) and assists (4.8 assists per game). It also came in Baylor’s best season as a program in the school’s history.

In Scott Drew’s 18th season as the head coach at Baylor, he took his team to a 21-1 record in the regular season and won the Big 12 regular season title, which was the first conference title since 1950. Then the postseason got even better, as the Bears earned a 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament and rolled into the National Championship game. The Bears beat fellow 1-seed Gonzaga in the National Championship game to win their first title in program history.

Back on May 30, Butler announced on social media that he would be entering his name into the NBA Draft class for this upcoming draft. Butler released a statement on his decision in a graphic that was posted to his Twitter account.

“I can’t explain how grateful I am for the past three years I’ve spent at Baylor,” Butler wrote in his graphic.“I’m so thankful that Jesus directed me to this great place and gave me relationships and experiences that will last a lifetime. From winning a National Championship to losing hard fought games, all of it gave me an experience that I won’t forget.

“To the coaching staff and Baylor community, you’ve shown me so much care and compassion. You’ve allowed me to grow spiritually and physically and I can’t give you all enough credit. I’m looking forward to always being a representative of the Baylor Bears!

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The NBA Draft will be held on July 29 of this year. The draft order will be determined on June 22 with the NBA Draft lottery. Butler and other NBA prospects will showcase their skills and look to raise their stock in the draft from June 21-27 at the NBA Draft Combine.