Hansbrough Still Out; Schedules Duke Visit

After watching his team fall to 0-2 on the season, largely due to his absence, one of the junior classs top big men has scheduled a return to the floor. Hes also scheduled a tentative date to visit Duke officially. <I>TheDevilsDen.com</I> had a chance to speak with him Wednesday night.

"I am hoping that I can start working out early next week," said 6-foot-9 Missouri big forward Tyler Hansbrough. "I do feel better, and can't wait to get back on the court. It's been really hard to just sit and watch."

Three weeks ago while running lines, he pushed off his left leg and strained his Achilles, sending him to the sideline and forcing him out of Poplar Bluff (MO) Highs first few games, both losses.

If it were up to him, Hansbrough would already be back on the court, though he understands the need to wait for full recovery. Still, that wait has thrown a wrench into some early season recruiting plans for one program.

"Roy Williams was supposed to come and watch me work out, but now that's not going to happen. It doesn't look like I'll be ready when he was going to come, so he's not coming anymore."

Aside from the Tar Heels, Hansbrough is getting serious interest from a number of schools including Duke, Missouri, Florida, Arizona, Kansas, Illinois, and Michigan State. Of those schools there is no official leader at this time, according to the big man, but...

"I'm sure I'll be visiting Duke, Missouri, and North Carolina for official visits. Right now I've got a date set with Duke for the spring. I'm probably going to take all my visits early so I can go ahead and get this (recruiting process) over with. That way I can concentrate on getting better and not worrying about recruiting. I'll make my decision when I feel comfortable with things."

The Duke visit is scheduled tentatively for the weekend of April 23rd, though it could change as the season goes along. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski picked that weekend since it will coincide with the annual awards banquet.

Dave Telep, TheInsiders.com's National Recruiting Analyst, reported last week that Hansbrough, who is listed at 6-foot-9, had bulked up to a hefty 240 pounds before dropping 20 pounds in order to get comfortable at 220 before he returns to the court.

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