Alabama Lands 2018 Point Guard Jared Butler

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Jared Butler, the 6-foot-2 point guard from Riverside (LA) Academy, announced his commitment to Alabama on Monday via Twitter. Butler took his official visit to Alabama last month (Sept. 9).

“I’m headed to the University of Alabama and I picked them because I talk to God a lot and my family a lot and we’ve spent months and days talking and it seemed like the best situation and the best people,” Butler told Scout. “I love them a lot and they love me.”

According to 247Sports, Butler is ranked as the No. 89 overall player in the Class of 2018 and the No. 3 player from the state of Louisiana. He is the first commit in the Crimson Tide’s 2018 class.

“It didn’t really hit me quick, but over some days and I was talking about it and every time I talked about Alabama and another school, I just felt like I couldn’t go wrong going to ‘Bama,” said Butler. “It just felt right. It just felt like I couldn’t go to any other school.”

Butler, who cut his list to six in August, chose Alabama over Texas, Wichita State, USC, Baylor, and Virginia. In addition to his Alabama visit, Butler also took official visits to Virginia (Aug. 31) and Baylor (Sept. 15).

Playing with MEBO Elite on the Nike EYBL this past summer, Butler averaged 13.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.0 steals in 16 games played. MEBO Elite finished with a 6-10 record, missing out on Peach Jam.

Butler said Alabama assistant Antoine Pettway was the lead recruiter for him, but that he got to know the entire staff well, which factored into his choice.

“He talked to me the most, but Ya [Rosemond] and coach [John] Pel talked to me a lot too,” he said.

“We clicked as soon as we met each other,” Butler said about the Alabama staff. “We built a great relationship. They can relate to me a lot because they all played in college. They know how it is. They really just explained to me what they were going to do with me and how they would take care of me.”

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