Tarheel Blue is reporting that Hansbrough Will Return For Sophomore Season. I’m glad we can finally put down the few rumors that he would be leaving us after his fantastic freshman season to go pro.
“I never really considered leaving for the NBA after this season,” says Hansbrough. “However, Coach Williams still provided me information he learned from his contacts in the league and after listening to that information I still think it is best for me to come back and be with my teammates again and hopefully have another fantastic season. The NBA is definitely a goal of mine down the line but right now I am enjoying college a great deal and feel I can improve in every phase of my game. I enjoy school, my teammates and being part of the Carolina Basketball program.”
“I visited with Tyler, as well as his mom and his dad, to give them information I had gathered from NBA people,” says Williams. “I asked Tyler to tell me what he wanted to do. He stated he easily wanted to stay in school and felt he could improve as a player. I agreed with that, but at the same time I wanted him to know he would definitely be a No. 1 draft choice this year and I wanted him to do what he wanted to do. His mom and dad completely support his decision. We are looking forward to having him be part of our team next year. It’s always important for us to do what is best for the individual off the court and that is why I shared with him the information I collected.”
He’s not just a good basketball player, he’s got a good head on his shoulders too. A guy with that much love for the game and enough brains to know he needs to stay in school might not belong in the NBA.