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Gordon Hayward’s former position coach reveals an inside look at his progression

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NEWPORT, R.I. — The relationship between Brad Stevens and Gordon Hayward got the lion's share of the headlines this summer when Hayward signed with Boston, but there is another coach on the Celtics staff that has seen just as connected to Hayward throughout his basketball career: assistant coach Micah Shrewsberry.  

Shrewsberry was Hayward's position coach at Butler University for all three of the shooting guard's collegiate seasons, prior to the 6-foot-7 wing declaring for the NBA Draft in 2010. Shrewsberry stayed as a Butler assistant for one more season and then coached at Purdue University for a couple seasons. After Stevens was brought aboard as Celtics head coach in 2013, Shrewsberry was one of his first hires and the 41-year-old has been one of the top Boston assistants for the past four seasons.

In order to gain a better understanding of Hayward's progression from his college career to now, Boston Sports Journal sat down for an exclusive interview with Shrewsberry to get the coach's assessment of Hayward's game, his fit in Boston and the role he played in helping convince the 27-year-old All-Star to sign with the Celtics this past summer.