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I love me some Hansbrough

Posted on: April 25, 2008 4:24 pm

By the time he's finished at North Carolina -- a process that will take all four years, we have now learned -- Tyler Hansbrough will go down as the most decorated player in college basketball history. Beats the hell out of being picked 29th overall in the 2008 NBA draft, doesn't it?

There has never been a player earn a spot on the first-team Associated Press All-American team for four straight years, but Hansbrough will accomplish that goal in about 11 months when he does it for a fourth time. He also will become the ACC's career scoring leader, passing J.J. Redick, and will have a shot at reaching 3,000 career points.

Good for you, Tyler Hansbrough.

As for you, Wayne Ellington, get your scrawny butt back to school. You're no Joseph Forte -- who, if you didn't know, was no NBA player.

Ellington's midrange game would work wonders in the NBA if he were 6-foot-8. But he's 6-4, and he's not a point guard, which means he has no shot of being an impact NBA player now. And maybe not ever. So get back to school.

And tell Tywon Lawson to join you. Lawson, like Ellington, was a great high school player who has become a very good college player who is a marginal pro at best. So follow the lead of Hansbrough and stay in school, fool.


Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: April 30, 2008 1:36 pm

I love me some Hansbrough

Boozer is quicker and a much better defender. If Hansbrough is you're #2 scorer on your NBA team, then your NBA team is screwed.

Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2008 11:06 pm

I love me some Hansbrough

Do not compare Boozer to Hansbrough.  They are on two completely different levels.  TH will NEVER be as good as Booz.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: April 28, 2008 12:37 pm

I love me some Hansbrough

Hansbroughs offical height is 6'8" 1/2. Boozer for the record measured at 6'7". I think Boozer is actually the player Hansbrough would be most like.

Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: April 28, 2008 10:56 am

I love me some Hansbrough

I personally think Hansbrough is going back to UNC is because he wont be much of an NBA pro. What position will he play? What position will he defend?

It has to be either the 3, where he'll see the likes of Lebron James, Paul Pierce, Richard Jefferson, Carmelo Anthony, Andre' Iguodala, and Tayshaun Prince flying past him.

Or the 4, where he'll (at 6'7")  have to stare into the armpits of Tim Duncan, Amare' Stoudamire, Chris Bosh, Kevin Garnett, Carlos Boozer, Lamar Odom, Dwight Howard (occasionally), Dirk Nowitzki, and Rasheed Wallace.

Getting as much college fame as possible maybe the smartest thing that Cherokee Parks....I mean Tyler Hansbrough.....can do.


Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2008 2:18 am

I love me some Hansbrough

Let me just say this right off the bat:  I am not a big fan of Tyler Hansbrough.  I think the media blows him up way too much, and I think it is a joke that Michael Beasely did not win a single POY award.  This year's POY is going to end up like the NBA's MVP award this year.  Kobe will get the award because they were the best in the best conference and Kobe has put up good numbers the last three years.  And, since he hasnt won it any of those years, it will be the lifetime achievement award basically.  The same thing happened with Beasley.  The most talented player to play in the NCAA in a long time, who puts up ridiculous numbers, gets penalized because another player, whose team is better and puts up very good numbers has been, has been around for three years.  Forgetting the fact that all the "experts" said Beasely was the best player, despite then giving the award to TH, I watched both a lot this year and there is no comparisn.  Beasley is hands down the better player and one of the best I have ever seen in the college game.  Not to mention the fact that he is 4 (could be 3) years younger than TH and that is even more remarkable.  Anyway, enough about that, let me get to the points.

Like I said, I am not a big fan, but I will give him credit.  Hansbrough is a great COLLEGE player.  He is deserving of most of the praise he recieves.  He was the best player on the 4th best team in the country.  He was the go to scorer and averaged a double-double.  He is smart to come back.  If you are not guaranteed a lottery spot you should never go pro.  However, I am a little confused as to why he didn't even enter his name without signing an agent.  He wont be penalized because he has to leave next year anyway.  At the same time, I think he is very lucky that he plays in the ACC, and I never thought I would say that.  Lets face the facts here, the ACC is not what it used to be.  Not with Duke going international on us, not with Clemson losing their best big guy, not with BC without a Craig Smith or Jared Dudley.  Hansbrough has free reign over that conference because he is really only the legitimate big man there.  The best big man that Hansbrough faced was James Gist, and Gist is not the greatest.  However, Gist went for 22-13 in that game, a Maryland win.  I laughed when people said Hansbrough faced the best frontcourts every game, because that couldn't be farther from the truth.  One had to look no farther than the Big 12 to see the best of the best when it came to frontcourt play.  Blake Griffin, Aleks Maric, Beasley and Walker, Jo Jones, and the big three for Kansas are some of the best in the country.  One might even throw DeAndre Jordan in there, I wouldnt, but he is decent enough to be considered.  (Speaking of Jordan, how in the hell could this guy be a lottery pick?  Great upside?!  Seriously?  I dont care what kind of ceiling you have, if you're seven feet and only average 6 boards a game you should be barred from the lottery.  But I digress.)  If you didnt see what Cole Aldridge did in his short time against Hansbrough, you really missed out.  Aldridge outhustled the "guy who never takes a play off."  Basically, if you didnt who either players was, and you didnt know the numbers of the two for the season, you would have thought cole was the better player.  I was there, and like I said I am not a fan of TH, but I was STUNNED at the sight of Cole Aldridge outhustling, muscling, and working Hansbrough.  Obviously, this doesnt mean Hansbrough is not a very good player, he is.  But it really makes you wonder about the level of competition Hansbrough faced in the ACC. 

To sum things up, I like the Wayne Simien comparisn someone brought up earlier.  The things being said about Hansbrough now, were being said about Simien a few years back, however not to the same degree.  The differences though, are that Simien is better defensively, whereas Hansbrough is better on the offense end of the floor.  Not in terms of his actual post game, but Hansbrough has a little more range and better jumper than Simien.  I dont think Hansbrough's career will end up like Simien's, or like Reddick's for that matter.  I see Hansbrough being a solid bench player averaging maybe 8-8.  Again, thats just my opinoin.  But it you are looking for a comparisn, I see Eduardo Najera written all over him.  A guy who, if he gets much better defensively and increases his range, could be the third guy off the bench for a playoff team.  Its funny how things can turn out.  I can remember Simien being given all these accolades in the BIg 12, yet he is out of the league after only about 3-4(?) years.  Meanwhile, Linas Kleiza from Mizzou goes out and just keeps getting better, and now seems on the verge of a nice payday shortly. 

(I am not even going to mention Ellington and Lawson because they just wasted their test years.  There's no guarantee either even goes in round 1, let alone the lottery.  Oh, and if they do come back Carolina will be very good, but lets not get carried away.  Should they win the title, I wouldnt even put them ahead of half the teams that won titles this decade.  Lets not forget, Florida won back-to-back, and Kansas went 37-3 while completely outclassing the Heels.  They will be very good, but one of the best ever?  I dont think so.)

Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: April 27, 2008 1:35 am

I love me some Hansbrough

Funny seeing someone that professes to hate college basketball so passionately taking the time to chime in on Tyler Hansbrough.  Take your Tyler and college hoops hating sorry arse somewhere else then- like to your job at Burger King.

Long live college hoops and the STUDENT\ATHLETES like Tyler that don't show up to serve their sentence of 1 year without probation that still make it a great sport.


Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2008 2:46 pm

I love me some Hansbrough

As Carolina fans, I believe most of us will agree with the fact that Hanbrough is not the most talented player.  However, what Hansbrough is, is the poster boy of what NCAA basketball should be.  A young man who has set personal goals both athletically and academically.  I know he is often talked about by commetators and it may became annoying to some, but it's not Tyler doing the talking.  Let's give Tyler some props.  Tyler is a young man that is honoring his commitment to the University of North Carolina.   

Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2008 2:24 pm

I love me some Hansbrough

Tyler Hansbrough is the most over rated athlete in the history of ALL sports. The only thing he does well is hustle and shot free throws. If not for being a good free throw shooter he would average around 10 pts a game and no one would really care who he is.. hell he probably wouldnt even be starting for UNC anymore. He just throws up wild shots at the basket hoping they go in or hoping for a foul. what a joke that he could be mentioned as one of the best college players ever. its disgraceful. has anyone actually watched him play, he picks on below average college centers then gets dominated when he plays against real talent down low. PLEASE someone name one good-to-great college center that he has dominated against...

Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2008 1:57 pm

I love me some Hansbrough

Hansbrough is a wiener.  And by the way, he's only been a 1st Team AP All-American once, this past year.  He was 3rd Team as a freshman and 2nd Team as a sophomore.  Good thing Doyel does some research before he writes in his blog.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2008 1:22 pm

I love me some Hansbrough

May the two of you be very happy together.

Just please don't post any graphic pictures of your honeymoon night.

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