Saturday, April 5, 2008


Tyler Hansbrough had a very busy Friday morning on the biggest weekend of his young basketball career.

The North Carolina junior forward was selected The Associated Press' college basketball player of the year, an honor that came less than an hour after he was presented the Oscar Robertson Trophy by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association as their player of the year.

The ceremonies were a couple of blocks apart, and the 6-foot-9 Hansbrough, his coach and parents made the short walk.

"I know people don't believe this stuff, but he's just a kid, a regular kid," Tar Heels coach Roy

Williams said when the group arrived for the AP's presentation. "We're walking over for him to get another player of the year award and practice for the Final Four is in less than an hour. I tell him that it's going to be close for him to change clothes and get ready when he just stopped and said 'What about eating?' He's doing all this and he's still just a kid, a great kid who happens to be a darn good basketball player."

Tyler Hansbrough #50 of the North Carolina Tar Heels shoots the ball during practice for the NCAA Men's Final Four at the Alamodome on April 4, 2008 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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