Hansbrough Named ACC Player of the Year

Tyler Hansbrough is the ACC Player of the Year, the league announced on Tuesday. He was a unanimous selection, receiving all 90 votes for the award.

Hansbrough joins David Thompson of NC State (1975) and Josh Howard of Wake Forest (2003) as the only unanimous selections in the 55-year history of the ACC.

"Tyler has been fantastic all year on both ends of the floor, yet he really elevated his game over the second half of the ACC schedule," said UNC head coach Roy Williams. "A number of our players stepped forward in Ty Lawson's absence, but Tyler had the ability to dominate key stretches of games and that gave our players a level of confidence that pushed us toward the regular-season ACC title. It is gratifying to see the awards and rewards go to a young man who doesn't rest on his previous accomplishments and works so hard to improve each and every day. I am lucky to be his coach."

Hansbrough is the 11th different Tar Heel to win ACC Player of the Year honors and the first since Joseph Forte shared the award with Duke's Shane Battier in 2001. Hansbrough joins a list of UNC recipients that includes Lennie Rosenbluth (1957), Pete Brennan (1958), Lee Shaffer (1960), Billy Cunningham (1965), Larry Miller (1967 and 1968), Mitch Kupchak (1976), Phil Ford (1978), Michael Jordan (1984), Antawn Jamison (1998) and Forte (2001).

Carolina's 12 ACC Player of the Year selections are second-most in ACC history.

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.

He has also earned two national Player of the Year honors thus far, from Sports Illustrated and The Sporting News -- the latter of which ensures his jersey number will be retired at UNC.


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