Hansbrough Unanimous First-Team All-American

Tyler Hansbrough, who earned Most Outstanding Player honors at the NCAA East Regional with a 28-point, 13-rebound performance against Louisville, has earned unanimous first-team All-America honors from the Associated Press.

The United States Basketball Writers Association of America and The Sporting News had previously tabbed Hansbrough with first-team All-America honors, making him a consensus All-America for the second year in a row. He is the fifth Tar Heel to win consensus All-America honors on two occasions and the first since Michael Jordan and Sam Perkins accomplished it in 1983 and 1984.

Phil Ford (1977 and 1978) and George Glamack (1940 and 1941) also were two-time consensus All-Americas for UNC. Fourteen different Tar Heels have earned consensus first-team honors a total of 19 times. UCLA and Kentucky both have 20 consensus picks, followed by UNC (19), Notre Dame (19) and Duke (18).

A player must win first-team honors from a majority of the following teams to be recognized as a consensus selection: the Associated Press, the USBWA, The Sporting News and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The NABC will introduce its team on Saturday in San Antonio.

Hansbrough is the first Tar Heel to make the Associated Press team since Joseph Forte in 2001.


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