Tyler Hansbrough is a Midwest prospect whose drawing attention from the best colleges in the nation. Kansas, Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Arizona, and Missouri are pursing the power forward. Hansbrough has already taken official visits to Missouri, North Carolina, and Florida.
His high school team, Poplar Bluff won this year's Missouri 5A State Championship. Hansbrough felt good about the post season run. "It finished off great. We won the state title and I'm very happy about that." The 6'9" 225 pounder carried his squad to the title by scoring 27 points while grabbing 13 rebounds.
Poplar Bluff is a city located in extreme southeast Missouri with a population of about 18,000. Hansbrough claims to not have a favorite at this time for college, but he gets suggestions of where to go on a daily basis. "Missouri is so close, and a lot of my friends already go there."
Bill Self, Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams, Tubby Smith, the list top of the line coaches recruiting Hansbrough is stellar. The high school big man wants to go to a school where he thinks highly of the head man. "That's one of the main factors in my decision. Ultimately, that's who I'm going to play for."
When asked about Self, Hansbrough was complimentary. "I really like Coach Self. He's a great coach and a great person. I love their tradition, and the way Kansas plays."
Other important factors for Hansbrough include his parents recommendations andpossibly location. "It would be nice to stay close to home, and have your family and people you know nearby."
Columbia is not exactly next door, Mizzou's main campus is about 260 miles northwest of Hansbrough's hometown of Poplar Bluff.
Of course, Duke and North Carolina are quality options as well for the big man. "Both schools have great coaches and traditions, both would be great places to attend."
Kansas has had success recruiting sought after players in rival areas before. Nick Collison, Kirk Hinrich, and Raef LaFrentz all came to Lawrence from Iowa. However, it could be twice as difficult to lure a player like Hansbrough to Kansas from southeast Missouri.