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Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina

Posted on 17. Mar, 2009 by Justin Shulman in nba-draft

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After four years being the face of college basketball and the Big Man on Campus in Chapel Hill, Tyler will finally be taking his game to the league. With Tyler you know what he’s going to bring to the table every night. His determination to succeed is embedded in the way he approaches every minute of every game. This is absorbed by his teammates, who follow the example Tyler sets. He brings leadership qualities and a court savvy to the game that most NBA rookies don’t acquire for years. What scouts and general managers around the league don’t know, is if this man among boys dominance at the collegiate level will translate to success when the boys are all men. One challenge facing Tyler when he makes the NBA leap, is that Tyler doesn’t have a definitive position moving forward. How he rises to this challenge will be key to determinig whether Tyler has success in the league.

Offensively, Tyler’s game is polished. He relishes contact and knows how to establish position in the low post. This combination of attitute and knowledge allow Tyler to score easy baskets and draw fouls at a high rate. Tyler has worked hard to develop a great repertoire of moves, allowing him to attack both with his back to the basket and by facing up his opponent. Blessed with a great set of mitts, Tyler is able to handle all sorts of passes into the post. With those soft hands, he can also catch and shoot to draw his defender away from the net. In four years both at UNC and in the National Spotlight Tyler certainly has nothing left to prove. He has won every notable individual award that exists, is as aggressive and competitive as they come, and most of all leaves us with a legacy that can best be described as “proven WINNER”. While Tyler may lack the upside that scouts and general managers drool about over the months and weeks leading up to the draft, they can’t ignore that Hansbrough has accomplished more than any other prospect he will be compared to.

Defensively, there aren’t many guys in college basketball who work harder. For some guys, grabbing boards and controlling the paint comes easily. With Tyler, it’s all effort. His tenacious style of play and lunch pale attitude WILL him to grab the rebounds and loose balls. He protects the rim at all costs and allows nothing easy around the basket. He is certainly strong and tough enough to guard the 4 on an NBA court, the question will be whether his lack of foot speed, and short wingspan make him a mismatch coaches pick on.

The biggest question mark scouts have, is that once Hansbrough gets to the league, he will be giving up a few inches night in and night out. This is something he has not been accustomed to on the college level. Tyler will have to be able to carve his own niche, otherwise he will be just another guy stuck between being a four and a five. Another red flag in regard to Tyler, is that he is just not as athletically gifted as other guys at his position. Moving forward his biggest challenge will be whether his desire to succeed is able to continue to overcome this weakness. If it does, he will be more than just the ultimate hustle guy that many experts have projected him to become. With everything Tyler has proven up to this point, I find it hard to bet against him proving critics wrong.

Will be selected: Pick # 18-26
NBA Comparison- David Lee

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