2002 Signee Profile: Center Erek Hansen

Erek Hansen's career as an Iowa Hawkeye recently took a little detour, but after signing his national letter of intent last Wednesday he is once again a Hawkeye. Here is HTO.com's final player profile on the Hawkeye Class of 2002.

Erek Hansen, who prepped at Bedford, TX Trinity, originally signed with Iowa coming out of high school, and was a member of the Hawkeye squad last season as a red-shirt freshman. However, after suffering a setback academically during his freshman year, Hansen transferred to Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids this past summer, where he now is currently a member of the Eagle men's basketball team.

As a senior in high school, Hansen averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks and earned District Defensive Player of the Year, as well earned All State honors.

Hansen said that rejoining the Hawkeyes for the 2003-04 season is a driving force for him, but getting his academics in order is the main priority right now. "The basketball will take care of itself," Hansen said. "Right now I am concentrating on getting my grades in order, once I do that, I will be back in a Hawkeye uniform."

Hansen will be eligible at the start of the next season for the Hawkeyes, and he will have three years of eligibility remaining. Hansen, along with Iowa's other junior college signee this fall 6-8 power forward Nick Dewitz, will add depth to the Hawkeye front court next season.

Welcome back to the Hawkeye family Erek!

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