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One more chance for TylerPosted Monday, November 3, 2008, at 3:41 PM
Hansbrough returns to North Carolina for his senior season and one last push to achieve his ultimate goal...... the national championship.
Tyler has made it quite obvious during his already stellar college basketball career that he has one goal in mind above all others..... a national championship. And this is his last opportunity to achieve the ultimate prize.
Not since Shaquille O'Neal returned to LSU for his junior season in 1991, has an underclassmen national player of the year returned the following season. Tyler Hansbrough is not like most ball players today though. As the smell of big money and bright lights lure so many players away from the very reason they started playing the game of basketball in the first place (they loved the game), Tyler refuses to sell out.
This young man has already achieved greatness and will always be mentioned in the same Tar Heel circle as Phil Ford, Lennie Rosenbluth, and the great one, Michael Jordan. After graduation, Tyler's jersey will forever hang in the rafters of the Dean Dome. Even that is not enough for Hansbrough to move on.
Physco T wants that national championship ring before he moves on to the lucrative shoe endorsements and the big bucks of the NBA and he has the supporting cast this year to get the job done.
Hansbrough averaged 22.6 points and 10.2 rebounds last season in leading North Carolina to a school-record 36 wins, its second straight Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title and its first Final Four since 2005.
He begins his senior season 122 points behind Phil Ford's 30-year-old school scoring record of 2,290 points, and is within reach of the ACC's scoring record of 2,769 set by Duke's J.J. Redick in 2006.
North Carolina has a very difficult early season schedule that includes hosting Kentucky on Nov. 18, playing in the Maui Invitation Nov. 23-25, which includes highly ranked Texas and Notre Dame, and a showdown with top 10 Michigan State in Detroit at the Final Four site of Ford Field in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 3.
The big man on campus is going to have to overcome a stress reaction condition in his right shin. I'm confident Tyler will heal up nicely and return to his 'crazed in the paint' self!
Different commentators and reporters use different words to describe Hansbrough like tough-nosed, hard core, resentless or animal.
My two words defining Tyler Hansbrough are 'guts' and 'honorable'.
Best of luck to Tyler and the rest of the Tar Heels this year in their quest for glory.
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