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Andrew Tyler Hansbrough (born November 3, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).

Tyler Hansbrough
Tyler Hansbrough.jpg
Hansbrough in December 2008
No. 50 – Zhejiang Golden Bulls
PositionPower forward / Center
LeagueChinese Basketball Association
Personal information
Born (1985-11-03) November 3, 1985 (age 33)
Columbia, Missouri
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High schoolPoplar Bluff (Poplar Bluff, Missouri)
CollegeNorth Carolina (2005–2009)
NBA draft2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall
Selected by the Indiana Pacers
Playing career2009–present
Career history
20092013Indiana Pacers
20132015Toronto Raptors
2015–2016Charlotte Hornets
2017Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2017–2018Guangzhou Long-Lions
2018–presentZhejiang Golden Bulls
Career highlights and awards

In college, Hansbrough starred as a member of the North Carolina Tar Heels from 2005 to 2009. He was the first player in Atlantic Coast Conference history to be named first-team All-ACC four times and to be a first-team All-American four times (he was a consensus first team pick in three of those seasons). Hansbrough was named ACC Rookie of the Year in 2006 and ACC Player of the Year in 2008; he also swept all national player of the year awards in 2008. Hansbrough won an NCAA championship in his senior season at North Carolina.

Following his college career, Hansbrough was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the 13th overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft. He played four seasons for the Pacers before joining the Toronto Raptors in 2013. After two seasons with the Raptors, he joined the Charlotte Hornets for the 2015–2016 season. He has since played in the NBA Development League and in China.


High school careerEdit

Hansbrough attended Poplar Bluff High School in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, where he led the Mules to back-to-back state championships and scored more than 2,500 career points. He had 29 points, 16 rebounds and two blocks in a 72–56 win over Vashon High in the state Class 5 championship game on March 12, 2005, ending the opposition's 60-game win streak.[1] He averaged 28 points and 7.3 rebounds as a senior.[2] In addition to being named Gatorade Player of the Year in Missouri, he was named a McDonald's and Parade All-American.[3] He had 15 points and eight rebounds in the McDonald's All-America game, and had 24 points and nine rebounds and was named co-MVP of the Jordan Brand Classic.[3]

On April 9, 2005, Hansbrough scored 31 points in a 106–98 USA win over the World Select Team in the Nike Hoop Summit in Memphis, Tennessee, tying the USA record for points in the game.[4]

College careerEdit

Freshman seasonEdit

As a freshman at North Carolina in 2005–06, Hansbrough became the only player in ACC history to earn First Team All-America honors as a freshman. He was honored so by The Sporting News and Rupp,[5] and was named third-team All-America by the Associated Press, NABC and Basketball Times. He was only the third ACC freshman to earn AP All-America honors, joining Kenny Anderson and Stephon Marbury of Georgia Tech. He was selected the National Freshman of the Year by USBWA,, The Sporting News, and Basketball Times, and earned unanimous selection as the ACC Rookie of the Year and was the first freshman to earn unanimous first-team All-ACC honors in league history.[6] On February 15, 2006, Hansbrough set a Dean Smith Center scoring record and an ACC freshman scoring record when he scored 40 points in a home game against Georgia Tech.[7] Hansbrough had the highest scoring average ever by a Tar Heel freshman at 18.9 per game, good for second in the ACC in scoring. He became the first Tar Heel freshman to lead the team in scoring and rebounding, and was the first Tar Heel (and seventh ACC player) to lead his team in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and steals in the same season.[8]

Sophomore seasonEdit

A consensus first-team All-American as a sophomore in 2006–07, Hansbrough was voted UNC's Most Valuable Player by his teammates and coaches. He was a unanimous first-team All-ACC selection for the second consecutive year and led UNC (fourth in the ACC) in scoring with an average of 18.4 points per game. He led the team and was second in the ACC in rebounds (7.9 per game) and grabbed double figures in rebounds 11 times. He was sixth in the ACC in field goal percentage and ninth in free throw percentage, and was one of three players (along with Florida State's Al Thornton and Boston College's Jared Dudley) to rank in the Top 10 in both field goal and free throw percentage.[9][failed verification]

On March 4, 2007, Hansbrough had 26 points and 17 rebounds before suffering an injury in the closing seconds of the Tar Heels' 86–72 win over Duke, clinching the top seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. With 14.5 seconds left in the game, Hansbrough leaped for a layup. After the ball left his hand, he was struck in the face by Gerald Henderson's right elbow. The errant elbow broke Hansbrough's nose. Henderson was ejected from the game and received an automatic one-game suspension from the NCAA.[10]

Junior seasonEdit

As a junior in 2007–08, Hansbrough was named the consensus National Player of the Year (NPOY). He became the 11th Tar Heel to earn NPOY honors and was the fourth player in ACC history to win National Player of the Year, ACC Player of the Year, ACC Tournament MVP and NCAA Regional MVP honors in the same season. He was voted the ACC Male Athlete of the Year, only the third Tar Heel to win the award in 24 years, and became the third player in ACC history to be unanimously selected three times to the All-ACC team, joining North Carolina State's David Thompson (1973–75) and Duke's Art Heyman (1961–63).[11]

Hansbrough tied the ACC single-season record by scoring in double figures in 39 games, and scored 882 points, second-most in school history, and the most since Lennie Rosenbluth had 895 in 1956–57. Hansbrough was second in total points in the NCAA behind Davidson's Stephen Curry (931), and had 399 rebounds, a UNC single-season record. He led the ACC in scoring and rebounding and ranked 12th nationally in scoring and 17th in rebounding, becoming the first player to lead the ACC in both categories since Antawn Jamison in 1997–98. Hansbrough's average of 22.6 points per game was the highest average by a Tar Heel since Charlie Scott (27.1 ppg) in 1969–70. With 10.2 rebounds per game, he became the seventh Tar Heel to lead the ACC in rebounding and just the third Tar Heel in 30 years to average a double-double.[9][failed verification]

On February 3, 2008, in a game against Florida State, Hansbrough broke Lennie Rosenbluth's 51-year-old school record for made free throws.[12] In the ACC semifinals on March 15, 2008, Hansbrough hit a baseline jump shot with 0.8 seconds remaining to give the Tar Heels a 68–66 victory over Virginia Tech.[13]

Senior seasonEdit

Hansbrough is congratulated after setting the school scoring record

Hansbrough was the Tar Heels' co-MVP with Ty Lawson as a senior in 2008–09. He finished third in the ACC Player of the Year balloting behind Lawson and Florida State's Toney Douglas, after finishing the year second in the ACC in scoring at 20.7 points per game and sixth in field goal percentage, free throw percentage and rebounding. He made a career-best 28 straight free throws early in the season and shot a career-best 84.1 percent from the free throw line, improving his free throw accuracy for a third straight season. He scored 18 points in each of North Carolina's Final Four wins against Villanova and Michigan State, helping the Tar Heels win the 2009 NCAA championship and subsequently being named to the All-Final Four team.[9][14]

Due to right shin and left ankle ailments, Hansbrough missed four games early on in the 2008–09 season, the first he had missed as a Tar Heel. On December 18, 2008, in a home game against Evansville, Hansbrough broke North Carolina's all-time career scoring record, surpassing a 30-year-old mark held by Phil Ford (2,290 points).[15] Ten days later, Hansbrough grabbed his 1,000th career rebound in a game against Rutgers, becoming one of seven UNC players to record 1,000 career rebounds. On February 28, 2009, Hansbrough made his 906th career free throw in UNC's 104–74 win over Georgia Tech, breaking Dickie Hemric's (Wake Forest) NCAA record, set in 1955. Hansbrough finished his career with 982 made free throws.[16]

Career highsEdit

Hansbrough walking back to the players' tunnel after his jersey retirement ceremony on February 10, 2010.

College career legacyEdit

Hansbrough was the first player in ACC history to earn first-team All-America and first-team All-ACC honors in each of his four seasons.[17][18] He finished his career with a league-record 2,872 points and a school-record 1,219 rebounds to go with the NCAA record of 982 made free throws.[19] While attending North Carolina, Hansbrough was given the nickname "Psycho T" due to his size and aggressive play style, as well as his off the court personality.[20]

In 2008, Hansbrough swept all major individual honors in men's college basketball. For a North Carolina men's player to be eligible to have his jersey retired, he must win at least one of six national player of the year awards: Associated Press, U.S. Basketball Writers Association, National Association of Basketball Coaches, Sporting News, Naismith, and Wooden. Since Hansbrough won all six,[21] he had his number 50 retired during half time against Duke on February 10, 2010.[19]

Professional careerEdit

Indiana Pacers (2009–2013)Edit

In 2009, Hansbrough was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the 13th overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft.[22] After missing all of training camp, the preseason and the first four games of the regular season with an injury to his shin, he made his NBA debut against the Washington Wizards on November 6, 2009.[citation needed] Hansbrough was limited to 29 games in his rookie season due to assorted injuries and an inner ear infection.[23]

In the 2010-2011 season, Hansbrough played in 70 games for the Pacers and started 29. He averaged 11 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.[23] He also made his playoff debut for the Pacers in 2011, appearing in all five of the team's first-round playoff games against the Chicago Bulls (the Pacers lost the series 4-1).[citation needed]

In the lockout-shortened 2011–2012 season, Hansbrough played in all 66 games and averaged 9.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 21.8 minutes per game.[citation needed]

In 2012–2013, Hansbrough played in a career-high 81 games, averaging 7.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 16.7 minutes per game. The Pacers' 2013 playoff run saw them reach the Eastern Conference Finals, where they were once again defeated by the Miami Heat.[citation needed]

On June 30, 2013, the Pacers tendered a qualifying offer to make Hansbrough a restricted free agent.[24] However, two days later, the Pacers rescinded their qualifying offer to Hansbrough, making him an unrestricted free agent.[25]

Toronto Raptors (2013–2015)Edit

Hansbrough with the Raptors in April 2015

On July 15, 2013, Hansbrough signed a two-year deal with the Toronto Raptors.[26]

On April 4, 2015, he was given the starting power forward role and remained there for the rest of the regular season and into the playoffs.[citation needed]

Charlotte Hornets (2015–2016)Edit

On July 22, 2015, Hansbrough signed a one-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets.[27]

Fort Wayne Mad Ants (2017)Edit

On March 1, 2017, Hansbrough was acquired by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.[28]

China (2017–present)Edit

On July 26, 2017, Hansbrough signed with the Guangzhou Long-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association.[29]

In October 2018, Hansbrough signed with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls, returning to China for a second stint.[30]

Career statisticsEdit

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

College statisticsEdit

2005–06 North Carolina 31 30 30.4 .570 .500 .739 7.8 1.3 1.2 .7 18.9
2006–07 North Carolina 38 38 29.9 .525 .250 .768 7.9 1.2 1.1 .4 18.4
2007–08 North Carolina 39 39 33.0 .540 .000 .806 10.2 .9 1.5 .4 22.6
2008–09 North Carolina 34 34 30.3 .514 .391 .849 8.1 1.0 1.2 .4 20.7
Career 142 141 31.0 .536 .316 .791 8.6 1.1 1.3 .5 20.2

NBA regular season statisticsEdit

2009–10 Indiana 29 1 17.6 .360 .000 .743 4.8 1.0 .6 .3 8.5
2010–11 Indiana 70 29 21.9 .465 .000 .779 5.2 .6 .5 .2 11.0
2011–12 Indiana 66 0 21.8 .405 .000 .813 4.4 .5 .8 .1 9.3
2012–13 Indiana 81 8 16.9 .432 .000 .720 4.6 .4 .4 .2 7.0
2013–14 Toronto 64 4 15.3 .474 .000 .681 4.5 .3 .4 .3 4.9
2014–15 Toronto 74 8 14.3 .521 .143 .698 3.6 .3 .4 .2 3.6
2015–16 Charlotte 44 0 7.8 .451 .667 .585 2.0 .2 .3 .2 2.4
Career 428 50 16.9 .439 .136 .738 4.2 .4 .5 .2 6.7

NBA playoff statisticsEdit

2011 Indiana 5 5 32.8 .333 .000 .889 5.4 1.0 1.2 .0 11.2
2012 Indiana 11 0 14.9 .340 .000 .667 3.2 .5 .5 .3 4.4
2013 Indiana 19 0 12.7 .419 .000 .591 3.2 .3 .3 .0 4.1
2014 Toronto 3 0 9.7 .333 .000 .833 2.0 .3 .0 .0 2.3
2015 Toronto 4 2 12.0 .200 .000 .750 1.5 .8 .5 .3 1.3
2016 Charlotte 2 0 3.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
Career 44 7 14.8 .361 .000 .688 3.1 .5 .4 .1 4.4

Personal lifeEdit

Hansbrough's parents, Gene and Tami, are divorced. His father is an orthopedic surgeon,[31] while his mother served as an associate director of development at the UNC School of Dentistry between 2008 and 2012.[32]

Hansbrough and his two brothers, Greg and Ben,[33] have always been close. They formed a special bond when big brother Greg had a brain tumor removed at age eight.[34] Greg, despite being told he would never play organized sports, became the captain of his high school cross-country team, lettered in basketball and by 2011, he had run three marathons and 13 half-marathons.[35]

See alsoEdit


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  32. ^ Pickeral, Robbi (September 12, 2012). "Tami Hansbrough resigns at UNC". Retrieved October 9, 2016.
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  35. ^ Thamel, Pete (February 17, 2011). "For Notre Dame's Hansbrough, Competitiveness Is a Family Trait". Retrieved October 9, 2016.

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