Boo: Hansbrough's Props & Knocks

<i>Inside Carolina</i>'s Clint Jackson breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of Tyler Hansbrough, after evaluating the 6-8, 225-pound forward at the Boo Williams Invitational, where he was the tournament's second leading scorer at 26.3 points per game.

Props -- You have to love what this guy brings to the table, if you're a college coach in need of an aggressive power forward. Hansbrough plays HARD. He attacks the basket and he gets fouled. In fact, he gets fouled a lot. Once he receives the ball and there's any sort of path to the hoop, he'll take it. His post moves are quick, assertive and strong. And he's a good athlete with strong legs. He's active, aware and he anticipates so well. He just gets after it and hunts rebounds. This guy really knows how to run his lane on the break and loves to catch and dunk. He was the first player down the court on numerous occasions. Pretty nice hops, too. Plays defense hard -- fighting through screens, fronting his man and boxing out. Very good free throw shooter. Decent ball-handler for a big man. Consistent intensity. There's no quit in Hansbrough.

Knocks -- Hansbrough is not a very long kid. At 6-8, a lot of Tyler's height is in his neck, and some scouts have called that wasted height. So his extension isn't as long as some other kids that are the same height. We have yet to see a consistent jumper from him, and most of the damage that he causes is from the area 14 feet and in -- so defenses might be able to cheat on him a little bit until he becomes more dangerous from the outside. After watching him over the course of four games this weekend, he was a very good, but not superior rebounder, and he had trouble finishing over some bigger players when he wasn't close enough to dunk the ball. I think a tall college frontline might give him some trouble -- if he doesn't foul them all out with his intensity and hunger for the iron rims.

Overall -- For a college power forward, Hansbrough is a great fit. I don't think he'll have the opportunity to go pro right out of high school because of his length. And that's a good thing for college basketball fans, right? He's an intense warrior that attacks the rim and plays hard on both sides of the ball. He's a good athlete who finishes plays with dunks or simply gets to the charity stripe where he is very reliable. A very emotional player who will impact a college program from Day 1.


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