March 05, 2006

North Carolina And Duke Game: I saw North Carolina's freshman Tyler Hansbrough playing against Duke's Shelden Williams and all I got to say is this kid plays like a senior...What do you guys think about Tyler Hansbrough? (I say first round, top 10 pick next year)

posted by CoolAsFawk to basketball at 08:05 PM - 29 comments

That is assuming he decides to leave for the draft now...honestly, while I haven't seen him play yet, I would say wait another year before chasing the NBA draft...

posted by chemwizBsquared at 08:10 PM on March 05

Bias Alert!!! - I'm a huge Tarheels fan!!! Now that I've said that, Tyler Hansbrough is a lock for Freshman of the Year. That's not just my opinion, but also the opinion of 98% of sportswriters. He played last night as if he was a well-experienced senior. He put up 40 points in the Dean Smith Center (UNC home court) two weeks ago, the most points by any player on that court, and also the most points by any Tarheel freshman ever! He's also leading the team in both scoring and rebounds, the first Tarheel freshman to ever do that! Unless North Carolina defends their National Title this year (which I hope they do!), I'm pretty confident that Hansbrough won't enter the draft this year. The Tarheels also have what is widely considered the best recruiting class coming in next year, and Hansbrough has expressed his interest in playing with those guys next year.

posted by BigTallChris at 08:29 PM on March 05

hes one of the best freshmans ive ever seen play the game. how about that 3 he hit

posted by soccerstud3675 at 08:32 PM on March 05

I agree BigTall, I don't think Tyler will come out until his junior year (hopefull with 2-3 championships). Also how about the stones the freshmen posses to go into the toughest homecourt in college basketball and pull off the win. With the recruiting class that you mentioned, it should be another great year for the Tar Heel Blue.

posted by chucodimebag at 08:45 PM on March 05

I'm a Duke fan but that kid is going to be so dominant next year. If he stays in school at least through his junior year, he will be a # 1 pick. You have to give Roy Williams credit for being a great coach as well. He is going to be fun to watch next year.

posted by dbt302 at 08:52 PM on March 05

I was at the game, and even I will admit that he is pretty amazing. That three he hit with the shot clock running down won that game. He misses and Duke wins. I'm hoping that he will realize his best chance to be a top pick will come this year, since there's no way hes going to be picked over Greg Oden and after that, NBA scouts will pick highly athletic freshmen over proven upperclassmen. If only he didnt look like he wanted to cry everytime a call went against him...

posted by fatfryar at 10:35 PM on March 05

I think he's too young to go to the NBA. He'll end up like Marvin Williams - I'm not even sure what team he plays for now, I think it's the Atlanta Hawks or something like that. Hansbrough is too talented to disappear into the rank-and-file of the NBA. He needs to stick around and make history - at least another year or two. But he is AWESOME - and he just blew up that game!

posted by TarheelGirl at 11:07 PM on March 05

Duke is third on my favorite college team depth chart (U of San Francisco first, Cal second), but I gotta admit, Hansbrough schooled Duke, and may have lowered Shelden Williams' contract offers after two substandard games in a row (the suddenly erratic J.J. Redick is in the same situation). However, can we please cool it with the NBA talk until the guy is at least a sophomore? I remember when people were talking about freshmen Mark Macon and ex-Tar Heel J.R. Reid like they were going to be in the Hall of Fame once they got out of college. For all of you who just said, "Who?" that's my point.

posted by L.N. Smithee at 12:30 AM on March 06

Oh, and by the way...if the woman sitting to the right of the spectator identified as Hansbrough's father is his mother...yeeeeowww!

posted by L.N. Smithee at 12:41 AM on March 06

hansbrough is a great college player right now, but at 6'9" he needs to refine his facing the basket game before he'll be ready to be a great pro. the potential is there as you could see with his bail-out 3 against the dukies, it'll just take a little time to get him pro-ready.

posted by tnip23 at 05:47 AM on March 06

Heelfan here. I just love how Duke has 2 NCAA All Americans and like 6 other McDonalds's All Americans and still lose to team the depends so heavily on freshman. I love the stat that our freshman outscored the Duke Seniors on their homecourt on senior night, that is just icing on the cake. How about good ol JJ, AP player of the year my arse, getting harassed by freshman all night long. In four years of playing UNC he has broken 20 points once. That was the game in Feb when we let 5'11'' Wes Miller guard him a lot. Ginyard and Green got in his jock and ruined his night. Bobby Frasor is my boy and what about Quentin Thomas coming into the game and looking smooth as silk the whole time. Terry and Noel had horrible games compared to previous 5 they played, and those are our only players that got minutes last year. How bout them HEELS!

posted by Drallig9399 at 07:14 AM on March 06

I got the chance to watch Hansbrough play in high school last year as he single-handedly carried his team (Poplar Bluff) to the Missouri State H.S. Championship for the second year in a row. He was truly a man among boys at that level. He's a very talented player, but I hope he stays in college another year or two before jumping to the pros.

posted by Bury Bonds at 08:36 AM on March 06

Hansbourough was amazing, to be put in the pressure of a Duke UNC game and the poise he showed; it was incredible. He really played Sheldon Williams well except that Duke used a backdoor play and he got burned at lest 3 times on that smae play. Hes got to stay at UNC and solidify his game, that'll make him a real hot comdity

posted by stolenbase7 at 11:27 AM on March 06

I think he should go after this year. The next years he'll have to compete with Greg Oden, who was invited to the Olympic team as a High School senior...

posted by Buckeyes87 at 11:59 AM on March 06

Did anyone else think Reddick just looked dead tired toward the end of the game. I started assuming his shots would hit the front of the rim (rather than the rally-killing threes I usually expect from him).

posted by trox at 01:47 PM on March 06

Did anyone else think Reddick just looked dead tired toward the end of the game. You're kidding, right? This kid has the strength of a condor!

posted by The_Black_Hand at 02:19 PM on March 06

UNC played great ball against Duke. They totally shut Redick down. I'm very happy that UNC beat Duke because I HATE DUKE (and JJ).

posted by nort_12345 at 04:08 PM on March 06

Success in college doesn't always correlate into success in the pros. Sometimes guys are just suited to play college ball. A perfect example is Casey Jacobsen. He was the leading scorer in college b-ball while he played at Stanford, and now he's...... Does anyone know?

posted by potpatient at 06:57 PM on March 06

Casey Jacobsen now plays for Tau Ceramica in Spain.

posted by lilnemo at 07:58 PM on March 06

potpatient: Success in college doesn't always correlate into success in the pros. Sometimes guys are just suited to play college ball. Perfect example of this is Steve Alford. Alford was a 1st team All-American, and a champion with the Indiana Hoosiers in 1987, but was reduced to a 3-point specialist in the NBA. Other guys who fit this description: David Rivers, Dan Palombizio, Bo Kimble, Ed O'Bannon, Mateen Cleaves, Sam Bowie, Jason Williams (the Dukie who ruined his career by crashing his cycle)...and countless others. I'm sure you all can think of some.

posted by L.N. Smithee at 07:59 PM on March 06

Alfredrick "The Great" Hughes.

posted by L.N. Smithee at 08:01 PM on March 06

Hey CoolAsFawk: You read the guidelines right?

posted by lilnemo at 08:31 PM on March 06

Obviously no one else has a problem with it.

posted by potpatient at 09:01 AM on March 07

Other guys who fit this description: David Rivers, Dan Palombizio, Bo Kimble, Ed O'Bannon, Mateen Cleaves, Sam Bowie, Jason Williams (the Dukie who ruined his career by crashing his cycle)...and countless others. I'm sure you all can think of some. I agree with you about all of these guys, except for Jason Williams. If he had not crashed his bike, he would be a great player in the NBA. He was on his way.

posted by potpatient at 11:42 AM on March 07

Obviously no one else has a problem with it. That still isn't grounds for posting a game recap.

posted by lilnemo at 01:37 PM on March 07

He is right.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 02:14 PM on March 07

lilnemo quit being a cry baby.

posted by Drallig9399 at 02:18 PM on March 07

lilnemo quit being a cry baby. Sure, as soon as you quit shitting in threads.

posted by lilnemo at 03:42 PM on March 07

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