Hansbrough Named SI's Player of the Year

Sports Illustrated has named North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough its National Player of the Year and is putting him on the cover of this week's issue.


Hansbrough leads the No. 1 ranked Tar Heels (27-2 overall, 12-2 ACC) against Florida State tonight at 8 p.m. in Carolina's final home game of the season.

The Poplar Bluff, Mo., native leads the ACC in both scoring (23.4 ppg) and rebounding (10.4 rpg) and is eighth nationally in points per game. Hansbrough has won ACC Player of the Week honors seven times this season, tying the single-season record with UNC's Antawn Jamison (in 1997-98) and Duke's JJ Redick (in 2005-06).

Hansbrough is the 10th Tar Heel men's basketball player to earn National Player of the Year honors and the second to earn Sports Illustrated's Player of the Year award (with Jerry Stackhouse in 1994-95).

Carolina's National Players of the Year
Jack Cobb ­ 1926 George Glamack ­ 1940 and 1941 Lennie Rosenbluth ­ 1957 Phil Ford ­ 1978 James Worthy ­ 1982 Michael Jordan ­ 1983 and 1984 Kenny Smith ­ 1987 Jerry Stackhouse ­ 1995 Antawn Jamison ­ 1998 Tyler Hansbrough ­ 2008

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