Butler is thrilled about the reunion of Gordon Hayward and Brad Stevens

In this April 2, 2010, photo, then-Butler head coach Brad Stevens stands with player Gordon Hayward during practice for an NCAA Final Four game in Indianapolis.
In this April 2, 2010, photo, then-Butler head coach Brad Stevens stands with player Gordon Hayward during practice for an NCAA Final Four game in Indianapolis. –Jeff Haynes / Reuters

When Gordon Hayward was just a junior at Brownsburg High School, Brad Stevens — the men’s basketball head coach at Butler for six seasons —  knew he wanted the Indiana native to play for the Bulldogs. Nearly a decade later, Stevens has once again recruited Hayward to join his team.

In a first-person essay published by The Players’ Tribune, Hayward confirmed Tuesday the two would be reuniting in a new city but with the same goal: to win a championship.  As the pair looks to resolve their “unfinished business” from Butler’s oh-so-close title run in 2010, they certainly have the support from the community that originally brought them together.

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Not only did the 27-year-old receive congratulatory messages from former teammates…

…but he also got some love from his old mascot.