The official visits for Tyler Hansbrough come to an end this weekend when the power forward heads to the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Hansbrough is a potential top 10 prospect for the 2005 class whose already visited North Carolina, Kentucky, Florida, and Missouri. Most standouts in the same situation as Hansbrough have just begun visiting schools, but the early recruiting trips could mean an early decision for where he wants to attend school.
"I'd say possibly July," said Hansbrough when asked when he may pick a school. "After this visit, I'm going to sit down with my family and we'll talk about what we like."
The Poplar Bluff native shares some of the most important things on his list of priorities for a potential college matchmaker. "How well I like the campus, and the school itself are up there. How the program develops four men in their offense and the system are also big."
Kansas Head Coach Bill Self and his staff will be busy this weekend because 2004 target Alex Galindo is scheduled to be in town as well. Hansbrough describes what catches his eye about KU's head man. "I really like Coach Self because of all the success he's had at other schools and this season at Kansas." Hansbrough is confident Self could help take his game to the next level. "Yes, I think he does a good job developing players."
If the Midwest talent has a current favorite, he's keeping his cards close to the vest. Hansbrough had positive things to say about every one of his top 5 schools. He picked the weekend of May 7th-9th for his official visit in Lawrence because his younger brother Ben, a high school sophomore, will be in town for the Sport2Sport Jayhawk Invitational Tournament. The youth tourney brings in 60 teams loaded with 14, 15, and 16 year olds from 14 different states to play at Allen Fieldhouse, Robinson Gymnasium, and Horejsi Center. Tyler will fly to Lawrence on Friday and meet up with his dad and brothers at the conclusion of his visit to drive back to Poplar Bluff, Missouri on Sunday.
"I'm really excited and looking forward to checking out the campus and meeting with the coaches and players," said Hansbrough regarding his KU visit.
Stay tuned, Phog.net will check back in with Hansbrough this weekend when he returns home from Lawrence.