Hansbrough taking his time

The plan was to whittle the list down to four. That's been scrapped. Poplar Bluff (Mo.) 6-9 junior power forward Tyler Hansbrough (No. 3, TheInsiders.com) had grand aspirations of knocking a handful of schools off his list to make things a little easier in the upcoming months, but after thinking it over, he just couldn't do it.

Not yet.

"I don't think I'm ready for that," Hansbrough said. "There's a lot of things I have to look at. I haven't even visited half of the campuses."

Hansbrough did, however, say that you can mark it down that North Carolina, Florida and Missouri will each receive official visits. It's almost as much of a sure thing that the Tar Heels will be in his final four.

"I'm going to take official visits after the season," added Hansbrough, who has already taken unofficial visits to Florida, Illinois and Missouri. "After January 1, I'm going to take a couple – and then take a couple more after the season ends. I could have my decision by the start of the summer."

Other than UNC, Florida and Missouri, Hansbrough also mentioned Michigan State, Illinois, Kansas, Arizona and Kentucky. Duke is also in the mix, although the soft-spoken small-town kid seems to have cooled somewhat on the Blue Devils.

Or maybe it's the other way around?

"I just haven't talked to them in a while," Hansbrough said. "I need to call them because the last time I spoke to them was a couple weeks ago."

Hansbrough declined an opportunity to go to Kansas for Midnight Madness, instead electing to remain in Poplar Bluff to watch his buddies play in a football game.


Check out IC's Tyler Hansbrough profile.

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