"He's so fired up about this weekend he can't see straight," St. Louis Eagles assistant coach Eric Long said. "He's put on 30 pounds and his game has just matured. He now shoots the 10-12 footer and he still plays as hard as he ever did. He's got one focus this summer and that's to be the No. 1 player in the country."
If the Eagles are going to win, then Hansbrough will have to deliver the goods. With a state title and a proven track record on the circuit, he'll do just that provided the Eagles can give him a little support.
Long thinks Tyus has a chance to be a stud in the Class of 2006. For the Eagles to win, they'll need him to play to his capabilities.
Aside from Tyus and Tyler, the Eagles are a mid-major delight to recruit from. "Barnett, Sargeant and Shipley are all mid-majors players and Tyler's going to make everyone around him better. We're going to make a lot of mid-major teams happy. With the exception of Tyler and Tyus we've got a lot of solid mid-major players."
The coaches of Keith Brumbaugh, Tasmin Mitchell and Brandon Rush have all echoed the same sentiment about their stars: their player wants to be the No. 1 in America when the smoke clears in July. Hansbrough is no different.
"He's got a heart of a champion. Basketball is what he wants to do the rest of his life. He takes everything serious from his eating habits to his work ethic. He knows it's a business and that's what he wants to do. He's not like other 17 year old kids; he acts like a 25 year old."
St. Louis Eagles (St. Louis, Mo.)
Head Coach Erwin Claggett
Assistant Coach Eric Long, Roy Pierce, Ron Golden
Top Prospect PF Tyler Hansbrough
Projected Starters PF Tyler Hansbrough (6-9/230, JR), PF Ashton Farmer (6-5/215, JR), PG Lamar Howard (6-3/190, JR), SF Arthur Sargent (6-4/195, JR), SF/PF Alex Tyus (6-8/195, SOPH)
Others PG Tim Clark (6-0/160, JR), C Cody Stoneburner (6-9/210, JR), SF Eric Jones (6-4185, JR), PG Jay Robinson (5-11/140, JR), SF Alex Barnett (6-5/200, JR), SG Zac Riley (6-1/185, JR), PF Javonte Hughes (6-8/215, JR), SG Landon Shipley (6-1/165, JR)
Famous Alum Larry Hughes
Next Tournament Boo Williams Invitational (April 9-11)