Hansbrough About To Take First Trip

Since coming back from an Achilles injury, basketball has been good to Tyler Hansbrough. Its about to get a little better as he reached a milestone this week and will make his first college visit.

Tyler Hansbrough, the No. 3 ranked junior in the country, came back from an Achilles injury last month and is just starting to regain his form. Some guys, like Hansbrough, get their wind back quicker than others.

Since his return, he's averaged 28 points a game. "It feels pretty good," Hansbrough said. "I'm so worn out right now. We've had three straight games, a break a game, a game and a break. We finally had two days before a game. I've just been worn out."

For this junior, there is little time to rest. After his ballgame on Friday night, he'll be whisked off to Gainesville, Fla., for his first official visit of the year. The Florida Gators play host to Tennessee on Saturday and Hansbrough will be in the stands as he starts his visitation process.

While Florida is the first visit, it's unlikely to be his last. Among the other schools vying to get him onto campus are North Carolina, Duke, Arizona and Missouri. Hansbrough said he would probably visit them all but didn't rule out making a commitment anywhere if he liked the circumstances.

"I'd say my schools right now are Mizzou, Florida, North Carolina, Duke and Arizona. Those are my schools. I wouldn't say anybody is leading."

As for Florida, this is a visit Hansbrough looks forward to. "I've been talking to their staff and I kind of wanted to get on campus at it's a big game."

Hansbrough himself is coming off a big game. This week, he broke the school record for career points. He's got 1,164 as he motors through his junior season. "They stopped the game and gave me the ball. It was on the first play of the game. My brother threw me an oop so that was cool."


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