Thursday, March 13, 2008

HANSBROUGH…YAWN…ACC…YAWN…PLAYER OF THE…YAWN…YEAR

Tyler Hansbrough felt a little strange as he noticed some of the names he has passed on North Carolina's career scoring list this year. Imagine how he'll feel when his No. 50 jersey hangs among a select group of the program's greats.

On the same day the Sporting News made him the Player of the Year, Hansbrough was the unanimous choice as ACC player of the year in voting from 90 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (of which, incredibly, TAH has not been invited to join), making him only the third player to win the award unanimously in league history. On Monday, he became just the third player to be unanimously selected three times to the all-ACC team.

This is the same player who celebrated a 40-point day as a freshman by going to the gym to work on free throws during an off day because he missed a few from the line the night before.

"I feel like you're either getting better or you're not," Hansbrough said. "I'm always the guy trying to get better. ... Those little things, it seems like they stay with me and it's one of those driving factors."

"There will never be another one just like him," North Carolina coach Roy Williams said in a statement. "I am so lucky to be his coach. For the rest of my career, I will be able to look up into that first row and see his jersey ... and I know that will bring a big smile to my face."

"He doesn't stop working," said Duke freshman Kyle Singler. "You've always got to be thinking like him. You've got to think one step ahead or he's going to pin you down and get easy buckets."

(In other news: Singler, mentioned above, was named ACC Freshmen of the Year.)

(Photos by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images and Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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