Hansbrough Commits To UNC

The North Carolina Tar Heels took care of some backcourt needs early as they locked up Marcus Ginyard and Bobby Frasor. Now, the Heels addressed their frontcourt needs with the addition No. 7 prospect Tyler Hansbrough.

The North Carolina Tar Heels landed their third commitment of the year from a Top 50 player as Tyler Hansbrough, the 6-foot-9 power forward prospect out of Poplar Bluff in Missouri, picked the Tar Heels over Kentucky, Kansas and Missouri.

"I think through the process I got to know a lot of great coaches and great people," Hansbrough said. "When it came down to it I felt like Coach Williams was the best person that I talked to. I think he's a coach that fits my style of play. The way he develops players, I think he can help me. I'm looking forward to playing for him."

UNC is racking up quite a recruiting haul. Hansbrough is the No. 7 ranked prospect in America according to TheInsiders.com and he'll join guards Bobby Frasor (No. 35) and Marcus Ginyard (No. 41).

With a pair of new teammates already in the fold, Hansbrough would like to see more head to Chapel Hill to play with him.

"I know they're recruiting a lot of people but there are a couple of them I know I'd like to play with: Andrew Bynum and Richard Hendrix."

Regardless of who joins Hansbrough, there's a blueprint for success in place given the current talent level of the program and the state of UNC basketball. "If we won a national championship, that would be great," Hansbrough said. "But to be a success we would have to win a lot of games. Winning a national championship would be a success. Obviously, there are a lot of individual goals I'd like to get to, but that's all there is … winning a national championship."

Hansbrough seems like one of those guys wired to be successful. After suffering an Achilles injury last year, he returned in time to help his Mules win the state championship. They won because of his approach to the game. Few attack the game with the intensity Hansbrough shows on the court and he understands what his strength is.

"How hard I play [is my strength]. Just because I think that not everybody plays as hard as I do. When I play hard my teammates play hard and I think that not everybody can match my intensity. I think I can take advantage of people because they slack off."

As for UNC, they never slacked off in their recruitment of Hansbrough, but they did have to make up some ground. On the January weekend when Hansbrough visited, the weather was awful in North Carolina and he was stranded in town an extra day, not the kind of visit you want your No. 1 recruit to have. Over time, Roy Williams worked to bridge the gap.

"As a matter of fact, they were kind of at the bottom of my list [after the visit]. Then they made up a lot of ground when I got to know them a lot better.

"Basically, I think the turning point was when Coach Williams started showing that he was going to recruit me real hard. In talking to him, I got to know him a lot better and it played a lot in my decision. Getting to know him over time was important."

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