WASHINGTON, D.C. – Monumental Sports & Entertainment Director of Esports Business and Team Ops Grant Paranjape announced today that Wizards District Gaming and Team Manager Patrick Crossan have agreed to a contract extension. Crossan led Wizards DG to a playoff berth in its inaugural NBA 2K League season in 2018. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Patrick was instrumental in developing our players into world-class athletes, as well as ambassadors for our community, and I am very excited he will be back to lead Wizards District Gaming,” Paranjape said. “His knowledge of NBA 2K, attention to detail, and commitment to creating a positive team environment will be key in our pursuit of a bringing an NBA 2K League championship home to D.C.”
Under Crossan’s tutelage, Wizards District Gaming finished with an 8-6 record last season and secured a berth in the inaugural NBA 2K League playoffs. Crossan helped mentor Most Valuable Player candidate Boo Painter, who led the league in scoring as the only player to average more than 30 points per game (32.3 ppg). Painter, who posted the league’s second-ever triple-double, also won the NBA 2K League Play of the Year for a monstrous dunk against Grizz Gaming.
“Last year, Zach Leonsis and Grant put their faith in me to help create a team from scratch with Wizards District Gaming,” Crossan said. “I’m beyond excited to continue to build Wizards DG into one of the premier gaming clubs in the country. None of this would be possible without the support of those at MSE as well as my fiancé, family and friends. Next year we hope to build upon our first-year success in competing for a championship for D.C.”
Crossan brings a wealth of 2K experience to Wizards DG as the co-founder and co-leader of the NBA 2K Pro-Am Team Throwdown and a manager for Throwdown’s 2017 developmental team, ThrowdownRed. As a player, he was an NBA 2K16 250k Road to the Finals Tournament Qualifier and an MBPA Classic Tournament Runner-Up in 2017.