Hansbrough's Jersey to be Retired

Tyler Hansbrough has been named the National Player of the Year by The Sporting News, which ensures his jersey will be retired at the conclusion of his college career.

"It definitely is a privilege to be put in that category with the other Tar Heels whose numbers are retired," Hansbrough said. "It truly is something special to have accomplished. In fact, it's kind of hard to sit here and talk about how it feels to be put in the same category as the players who are up there already. I just know it is really special and something I look at as a privilege to be part of."

Hansbrough's number 50 will be retired by the University of North Carolina. UNC's Athletic Council policy states that a student-athlete must be the national player of the year to have his or her jersey number retired. In men's basketball, a student-athlete must win one of the following six player of the year awards: the Oscar Robertson Trophy (selected by the United States Basketball Writers Association of America), the National Association of Basketball Coaches; the Associated Press; The Sporting News; the Naismith Award (presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club); and the John R. Wooden Award (presented by the Los Angeles Athletic Club).

"I am ecstatic for Tyler and his family as well as his teammates who share in this honor," said UNC head coach Roy Williams. "He's a great example for all young players of how to prepare to play and how to play hard each and every day. He's had a phenomenal season, especially considering all the expectations he faced coming into this season. He is quite deserving of this honor. It is even more special when you consider the other outstanding players that have also had great seasons.

"By winning this award, Tyler qualifies to move into the front row in the rafters and have his jersey retired whenever he decides to leave the University of North Carolina. There will never be another one just like him. I am so lucky to be his coach. For the rest of my career, I will be able to look up into that first row and see his jersey hanging next to the other retired jerseys and I know that will bring a big smile to my face."

Hansbrough leads the ACC in scoring and rebounding this year with 23.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. He tied a single-season ACC record by winning seven player of the week awards. He led his team to a 14-2 record in conference play that clinched the school's 26th ACC regular-season championship.

He is the sixth-leading scorer in UNC history with 2,001 points and is third all-time in ACC history for most points by a player as a junior. He set the UNC record for most free throws made and is tied for second in league history for free throws made by an ACC player with 690.

Hansbrough is also one of only three players in the 55-year history of the ACC to earn unanimous first-team All-ACC honors for three consecutive years.

There are currently seven retired jerseys that hang from the Smith Center rafters:
#52 - James Worthy (1979-82)
#33 - Antawn Jamison (1995-98)
#23 - Michael Jordan (1981-84)
#20 - George Glamack (1939-41)
#12 - Phil Ford (1974-78)
#10 - Lennie Rosenbluth (1954-57)
N/A - Jack Cobb (1924-26)

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