Former Brownsburg and Butler Bulldog, Gordon Hayward's meteoric rise to local hoops legend was as swift as it was impressive. First came the buzzer-beater to win the state title for Brownsburg followed two short years later by another buzzer-beater that was thiiiiis close in the NCAA title game after Hayward helped Butler to their first Final Four appearance.
Then all of a sudden, Hayward got while the gettin' was good and jumped to the NBA as a lottery pick with the Utah Jazz. Well, while waiting for word on when his second season with the Jazz may begin, Hayward has jumped to the pros, again. This time he's taking his talents to the IGN Pro League (IPL) for professional gamers (via Slam Online), where he'll participate in a StarCraft II gaming tournament in Atlantic City.
"I've been playing video games for as long as I can remember. I'm a competitive guy, and I love the competitive nature of video games," says Gordon Hayward. "Pro-gamers are really sports stars themselves. The mental strategy that goes into planning your next move and what your opponent is going to do are skills you need to be successful playing basketball - and playing StarCraft II. If you want to be good, you have to put a lot of time and effort into it, just like with other sports. I've got the best of both worlds. I spend time each day on the court taking my game to the next level, and I am pursuing my passion for eSports. I'm excited to join the IGN Pro League and see how I do at the tournament in Atlantic City."
Yep, life is good for Gordon Hayward.