Gordon Hayward, a member of Butler University’s basketball team, is starting to attract attention nationally. Gordon was recently selected to play for USA Basketball’s 19 and under basketball team, and people are starting to notice the sophomore from Brownsburg.
Hayward’s Q rating should explode this summer, though, following a freshman year at Butler in which he averaged 13.1 points and 6.5 rebounds, and helped the Bulldogs reach the NCAA tournament after being picked to finish fifth in the Horizon League. On Wednesday morning at USA Basketball’s 19-and-under trials, there was more buzz over Hayward than any other player in camp.
Sharing a court with mega-recruits like Florida-bound Kenny Boynton and former top 100 big men such as Minnesota’s Ralph Sampson III and Georgia’s Howard Thompkins, Hayward dominated an early scrimmage with his stellar long-range shooting (6-of-9 from the field for 15 points) and passing ability (three assists, no turnovers). He had the gallery of NBA scouts and college coaches atwitter. “This Hayward kid is impressive,” one scout remarked. “He’s not just a shooter, either — he can put the ball on the floor and make plays.”
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