Baylor Star and Riverside Grad Jared Butler Earns January Athlete of the Month Honor
NEW ORLEANS (February 12, 2020) – Jared Butler, a graduate of Riverside Academy and a current basketball star at Baylor University, has been selected as the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month for January. Monthly award-winners are chosen in voting by the Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Butler, a Riverside Academy graduate, is the leading scorer for Baylor as the Bears have climbed to the No. 1 spot in the national rankings. The 6-3 sophomore guard keyed an 8-0 month for the Bears as he had five double-figure scoring games, including a 22-point performance in a huge road win over No. 3 Kansas. The win was the Bear’s first-ever victory in Allen Fieldhouse and their first-ever on the road against a top-five team. He also added 19 points in a win over Iowa State and 17 in a victory over Oklahoma State. For the month he averaged 12.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game. For the season, Butler is averaging 15.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.
The Baylor star was also selected as the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month in January of 2018 as a Riverside standout.
Buter was selected for the honor over three other basketball standouts and a national champion football player.
- Dillard University’s Malik Amos, a 6-2 junior guard from Missouri City, Texas, averaged 27.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game while leading Dillard to a 4-3 record. He had a pair of 30-point games, including a then-career-high 33 in a 79-73 win over Rust College.
- Dalyn Belvin, a speedy guard for the Martin Luther King High School girl’s team, averaged 24.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 4.8 steals and 1.8 blocks and led the Jaguars 5-2 record during the month of January.
- Justin Jefferson, a former Destrehan High star, caught nine passes for 106 yards, including a long of 35 yards as LSU downed Clemson 42-25 to win the College Football Playoff National Championship at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 13.
- Xavier University star Rayshawn Mart, 6-3 junior guard from Houma, La., averaged 16,7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.3 steals in a perfect 6-0 month for the Gold Rush. He tallied four 20-point performances, including 23 points and five assists in 91-76 home victory against NAIA No. 20 Talladega. He also became the 28th player to score 1,000 points in his Xavier career.
The Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee has been selecting an Amateur Athlete of the Month each month since 1957. The athlete must be a native of the greater New Orleans area or must compete for a team in the metropolitan region in order to be eligible. The 2019-20 monthly award winners to be honored this summer at the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony, hosted by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.