* Tough, competitive leader
* Good passer
* Good rebounder for his position
* Works hard on defense
* Likes to take clutch shots—and makes a lot of them
* Shot has been inconsistent (flat trajectory when fatigued)
* Some scouts wonder about conditioning and body weight
* Needs to continue to develop left hand on the dribble
Mack hasn't signed with an agent, which was a smart move. Scouts are mixed about where he projects in the draft. Some say late first round, but more say the second round. If that's the case, Mack would be better off returning to a great program at Butler and work on ball handling and shooting. He's a big-time competitor and worker who will make the most of his opportunity.
Mack, a second-team All-Horizon League selection, helped lead Butler to the NCAA Tournament championship game for the second year in a row. He was chosen the Most Outstanding Player in the Southeast Regional after scoring 30 points against top-seeded Pitt and 27 against second-seeded Florida and was picked to the All-Tournament team at the Final Four for the second year in a row.
16.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.4 apg, 2.4 tpg, 0.8 spg, 32.1 mpg, .408 FG, .354 3PT, .769 FT
Mack set a Butler record with 122 points in this season's NCAA Tournament.
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What Insiders Say:
Butler coach Brad Stevens
"He's a really good player. He's got a work ethic unmatched by most. You add those two things together and you have a high upside. … I think you always think guys can achieve more and more and more. Shelvin's continued to do that throughout his career."
Butler assistant coach Matthew Graves
"With Shelvin, the one thing is you can never count him out. He's got a great toughness for taking the shot. Whether it's early in the game to get us off to a great start, or the shot clock's winding down in the heat of the game, his ability to make big shots is really crucial. And then, he's able to find other guys on the floor. He demands a lot of attention."
What Outsiders Say:
Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun
"I think he's going to be a pro, certainly. There's no reason to believe he wouldn't be. He's got quickness, strength. He's got phenomenal strength with the ball. He's going to give you that bump at the end and finish that play. He's learned how, with his strength, to come off a screen, be ready to shoot. … He's kind of gone under the radar nationally when we talked about all the great players. He can match up with anybody. He's a terrific, terrific basketball player."
Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.
|Three-point field goals: 2008-09, 57-for-175 (.326); 2009-10, 72-for-184 (.391); 2010-11, 87-for-246 (.354). Totals: 216-for-605 (.357).|