Butler's Gordon Hayward: NBA prospect or rapper?

March, 26, 2010
3/26/10
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SALT LAKE CITY -- Butler forward Gordon Hayward has big-time game.

So much so that Bulldogs coach Brad Stevens said he plans to meet with the sophomore and his family after the season to discuss his NBA potential.

"We'll cross that bridge when we get there," Stevens said. "I do think this: Gordon will certainly be the priority in that decision, and that's a decision that he and his family can make. I'm going to support him a hundred percent, whatever he chooses."

But it was Hayward's attempt at mixing hoops and rap that left a lasting impression with his teammates, who continue to rib him for it. The rap song briefly made its way on You Tube earlier this month, but has since been taken down.

The lyrics went something like this:

But it's not about me, it's about the team

Going to the tourney with a full head of steam

'Chip's real close, it's at our back door

Get a few dubs we'll be in the Final Four

Not stopping there, that's not in store

Push it to the limit we want more

(You can listen to the entire song here.)

The Bulldogs are one victory away from playing in the Final Four next week in their hometown of Indianapolis. They play No. 2-seeded Kansas State in Saturday's West Regional finals at EnergySolutions Arena.

But Butler guard Ronald Nored says Hayward has a long way to go before he's invited to the MTV Music Awards.

"You asked the question about dreaming big," Nored said. "Gordon is just too big. The rap's not bad. It's all right. I think Gordon has inspired some other people at Butler to start rapping, so you might see some people coming out with albums from Butler University. So look for that soon."

Mark Schlabach | email

College Football and Basketball

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