Travis Hansen

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Travis Hansen
Personal information
Born (1978-04-15) April 15, 1978 (age 36)
Provo, Utah
Nationality American / Russian
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Mountain View (Orem, Utah)
College Utah Valley (1996–1997)
BYU (2000–2003)
NBA draft 2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 37th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Pro career 2003–2011
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
Number 24, 2, 6
Career history
2003–2004 Atlanta Hawks
2004–2006 TAU Cerámica
2006–2009 Dynamo Moscow
2009–2010 Real Madrid
2010–2011 Khimki
Career highlights and awards
  • All-Eurocup Second Team (2009)
  • First-Team All-Mountain West (2003)
  • Second team All-MWC 2nd Team (2002)
  • Mountain West Conf. Champion -01, 03
  • MWC Defensive Player of the Year (2003)
  • Spanish ACB Regular Season champion (2005)
  • Spanish ACB Supercup winner (2005)
  • Spanish Copa del Rey winner (2006)
  • All-Russian A Superleague 2nd Team (2007)
  • Russian A Superleague All-Newcomers Team (2007)
  • All-FIBA Eurocup 2nd Team (2009)
  • All-Eurocup 2nd Team (2009)
  • Eurocup All-Defensive Team (2009)
  • Russian A Superleague All-Imports Team (2009)
  • VTB United League Champion (2012)

Travis Mitchell Hansen (born April 15, 1978) is an American former professional basketball player who last played for BC Khimki in Russia. He played one year in the NBA for the Atlanta Hawks and eight years in the Euroleague. Hansen is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Early Years[edit]

At Mountain View High School, Hansen averaged nearly a triple double, 18.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 7.5 apg and was team captain of the Bruins as they were named Region Champions and Consolation Champions in 1996. Hansen began his college basketball career at Utah Valley State College in his hometown of Orem, Utah, where he averaged 11.2 ppg and 3.6 rpg. His mother Laurie Hansen was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 1997 and died shortly after. He later went on to serve as a Mormon missionary in Santiago, Chile for two years.


Upon returning from his LDS mission, Hansen played just one week later in a tournament in California where he drove baseline and broke the backboard. That incident landed him in the Los Angeles Hospital, where he received multiple stitches. After being heavily recruited by Utah, Cal, Indiana, New Mexico, UNLV, Arizona, Arizona St and many other teams he signed for Brigham Young University.


Hansen played basketball at Brigham Young University for three seasons, from 2000 to 2003. During his tenure with BYU, he was also known as "Elder 8 Mile", for his similar appearance to rapper, Eminem. He was a two-time All-MWC selection, a Defensive Player of the Year, and a two-time All-District selection. He finished with a 44-1 home record (all-time best in BYU history), won 2 MWC championships and was selected with the 8th pick in the 2nd round in the NBA draft. With his selection by the Atlanta Hawks in 2003, he became the first BYU men's basketball player to be drafted since Shawn Bradley in 1993. Hansen was known for his defensive ability, vertical leap, intensity, and outside shooting. His career high at BYU was 30 points, 17 rebounds, 5 assists his junior year against Pepperdine.


Hansen was voted by ESPN as one of the top 5 Guards in the NBA draft in 2003. His draft class included players like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and more. Hansen was drafted by the Hawks in the second round of the 2003 NBA Draft, 37th overall. He signed a two-year deal with Atlanta following the draft. He played 41 games for them the first season, starting four, averaging 3.0 points per game. He had a stress fracture in his right foot that caused him to miss 40 games. His career high was against Boston; he played 41 minutes, scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and had 4 assists.


In 2004-05 he crossed the Atlantic to sign for TAU Ceramica, who went on to win the 2005 Super Cup, the 2006 Copa del Rey and back-to-back appearances in the Euroleague Final Four and ACB Finals.. He averaged 10.5 ppg and 3.3 rpg in his last year in Vitoria before heading to Dynamo Moscow. He was voted the favorite player by fans in Vitoria, Spain.

In 2006, ULEB Cup Champions Dynamo Moscow signed him on a two-year contract.[1] After helping his team reach the Euroleague's Top-16 and averaging 15 ppg, he was placed on the injured list for the rest of the season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon.[2]

2007, Hansen helped Dynamo take 3rd place in the ULEB Cup and averaged 17.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg while shooting 56.4 FG and 46.3% 3PT.[3]

In February 2008, Hansen extended his contract with Dynamo Moscow for three more years and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree giving Hansen Russian citizenship. In 2008-2009, Hansen again led Dynamo to the Eurocup final four in Turin, Italy, averaging 16.4 ppg.

In July 2009, he returned to Liga ACB, signing a two-year contract with Spanish power Real Madrid. Real Madrid revamped the entire roster signing many of the best players in Europe and also the best coach in Ettore Messina. They reached the top 8 in Euroleague, the Finals in the Supercup, and the Finals of the Copa Del Rey in the Spanish League.

In May 2010, during a practice session with Real Madrid, Hansen suffered a herniated disc and had to have a discectomy. Surgery was performed by Howard Reischman in Provo, Utah. He has since recovered, and [4] in December 2010 he signed a contract with BC Khimki until the end of the 2010-2011 season.[5]

In April 2011, Travis helped his team BC Khimki win the VTB League Championship by hitting 5 free throws in the last seconds of the game. [6]

Russian national team[edit]

In March 2008, Hansen received Russian citizenship or a "red passport" to play for the Russian national basketball team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He was only the second American player ever to receive a Russian passport.[7] However, he did not actually play for Russia.

Personal Life[edit]

Hansen and his wife LaRee Merrell Hansen, founded the Sunshine Heroes Foundation in 2007. They have three sons and one daughter. Hansen retired from professional basketball in September of 2011.

He is Chairman of the Sunshine Heroes Foundation and sits on various boards of non-profit foundations and organizations.

Hansen is author of "The Next Few Years Will Change Your Life" a book published by Deseret Book on November 16th 2012. [8]

In 2013, BYUtv aired a documentary about Travis and his career in a show called "Legends".


After visiting orphanages in Moscow, Russia, Hansen and his wife LaRee founded the Little Heroes Foundation in 2007. In 2013, Little Heroes Foundation officially changed their name to the Sunshine Heroes Foundation, representing a long term partnership with founding sponsor, Natures Sunshine.


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