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Shelvin Mack

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Gordon Hayward left Butler early last year after leading the Bulldogs to the national championship game and was the No. 9 overall selection. Mack will likely not get taken that highly in this year's draft but he's hoping the decision to follow in Hayward's footsteps is a wise one. The Lexington, Ky., native wasn't highly recruited despite leading Bryan Station High School to the state's No. 1 ranking and twice earning all-state honors. Three years later, some coaches probably regret not pursuing Mack. The guard's leadership and scoring skills were among the main reasons Butler returned to the NCAA title game after Hayward's departure. Mack averaged 20.3 points and shot 40.4 percent from 3-point range during this year's tournament run. He also finished his career with 1,527 points, 216 3-pointers and 357 assists, each among the top 11 in school history. Mack averaged a career-best 16.0 points as a junior in 2010-11 and set other highs with 131 assists and 170 rebounds over 38 games. The projected combo guard, though, also shot just 40.8 percent, down from 45.4 percent as a sophomore. Hayward has already talked to Mack about being prepared to be a role player, and at the press conference announcing his departure, the guard mentioned that he needs to work on being more consistent and efficient. If Mack can convince teams that he'll improve, he might find a home in the NBA.

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