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Prospect Profile

Jimmy Butler

  • Full Name: Jimmy Butler
  • Position: Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-7 / 220
  • Birthdate: September 14, 1989
  • College: Marquette
Chicago Bulls Round 1: Pick 30


  * Versatile
  * High basketball IQ/student of the game
  * Can guard several positions
  * Gets to the free throw line a lot and cashes in


  * Needs to work on shooting range
  * Ball handling needs improvement

NBA projection:
Butler is projected as a shooting guard/small forward, and if he sticks on an NBA roster, it'll be because of his ability, and willingness, to defend. He guarded all five positions at various times during his college career, and though that won’t happen in the NBA, he has the potential to be a lockdown guy on all three perimeter spots. He jousted against the likes of super-quick points Kemba Walker and Tu Holloway in college and did an effective job.

2010-11 Season:
Butler earned honorable-mention All-Big East honors for the second straight season after finishing second on his team in scoring and rebounding and helping lead the Golden Eagles to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16. He carried his solid play into the Portsmouth Invitational, where was chosen the MVP. Butler averaged 18.7 points in three PIT games and was 20-of-31 (.621) from the field and 18-of-18 from the free-throw line.

Key statistics:
15.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.4 tpg, 1.4 spg, 34.6 mpg, .490 FG, .345 3PT, .783 FT

Cool statistic:
Butler ranked among the Big East leaders in six categories: scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, offensive rebounds per game and minutes played.

Reminds me of:
Wesley Matthews

What Insiders Say:
Marquette coach Buzz Williams
"Jimmy is the smartest player I've ever coached."

"Being able to have switchables, I've always believed in. But being able to have the switchable that's as intelligent as Jimmy has kind of turned the tide for us, because it allows us to hide some of our deficiencies, but it also allows us to enhance some of the things that I think that we do well. And it allows our guys probably to have more of a defined niche defensively because of Jimmy's ability to adapt to whatever it is that we're doing. Somebody used the word linchpin yesterday. I think that's a really good word, because that's kind of what he is."

Marquette assistant coach Tony Benford
"I call him a utility guy. He can do it all. Great mid range game. He can get to the basket and lives at the free throw line. He’s not afraid of contact. He can shoot the 3 ball. He has a feel for passing. Defensively, it speaks for itself. He can guard a number of positions. He’s just got a great feel for the game."

What Outsiders Say:
Xavier coach Chris Mack
"I don't necessarily worry about who [Butler] guards. Our offense won't change, necessarily, because of the personnel that they use to defend our players.
I worry about the mismatch on the other end. And he has the ability as a 3-man to post up, to offensive rebound, to use his size. And as a 4-man he has the ability to use his quickness, craftiness and ball handling to get to the basket when he's facing a power forward."

Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.


2008-09 35 19.6 55 107 .514 86 112 .768 3.9 0.7 0.5 0.5 196 5.6
2009-10 34 34.3 148 279 .530 187 244 .766 6.4 2.0 1.3 0.6 499 14.7
2010-11 37 34.6 187 382 .490 188 240 .783 6.1 2.3 1.4 0.4 582 15.7
Totals 106 29.6 390 768 .508 461 596 .773 5.5 1.7 1.1 0.5 1277 12.0
Three-point field goals: 2008-09, 0-for-4 (.000); 2009-10, 16-for-32 (.500); 2010-11, 20-for-58 (.345). Totals: 36-for-94 (.383).

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