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Baylor Bears guard Jared Butler reportedly has been medically cleared by a Fitness-to-Play panel to play in the NBA, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
It was reported last month that Butler would need to be cleared by the panel in order to play or practice in the NBA. The panel consists of three physicians, one who is recommended by the NBA, another recommended by the NBPA and a third recommended by the first two physicians.
Butler was reportedly diagnosed with a heart condition when he first committed to play at Alabama in 2018. He transferred to Baylor and was cleared to play as a full participant in each of the past three seasons with the Bears.
During the pre-draft process, Butler has only been permitted to interview and visit with teams. He has not been able to participate in any group workouts, but that could change now that he has been medically to resume on-court activities.
Butler is widely considered to be a first-round pick after a strong junior campaign with Baylor. He was named the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player after scoring 17 points in the Final Four and 22 points in the national title game.
The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 16.7 points, 4.8 assists, 3.3 rebounds and two steals in 30 games last season, earning All-Big 12 first-team honors in the process. He shot 41.6% from 3-point range on 6.2 attempts per game on the season.
Due to his medical condition, Butler was viewed as a late first-round pick but he will likely rise up draft boards now that he has been given the all-clear to return to the court. He tried to stay positive during the process, and that likely will resonate with teams.
The NBA draft is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 29.