Tyler Hansbrough led the University of North Carolina men's basketball team in scoring with an average of 18.9 points per game. Additionally, Hansbrough was unanimously selected as the 2006 ACC Freshman of the Year and was also a unanimous selection to the 2006 All ACC 1st Team. This marked the first time that a freshman had ever been unanimously given 1st team All-ACC honors. He was second to J. J. Redick in voting for the ACC Player of the Year award. Hansbrough’s best game as a freshman came on February 15, 2006 when he scored 40 points in a home game against Georgia Tech. This mark set the record for most points ever scored by a freshman in a game in ACC history and for the most points scored in the Dean Smith Center (the previous high had been 38 points by Joseph Forte in 2000 vs. Tulsa).
With the University of North Carolina signing what was often considered to be the best recruiting class in the country in 2006, Tyler Hansbrough’s minutes per game took a slight drop but he was just as productive as he was during his freshman season. At the end of the regular season, Hansbrough was averaging 18.8 points per game along with 8.0 rebounds per game.
During the March 4, 2007 matchup with Duke University, Hansbrough scored 26 points and grabbed 17 rebounds while leading the Tar Heels to an 86–72 victory. With 14.5 seconds remaining in the game, Duke's Gerald Henderson, Jr. hit Hansbrough with his right elbow, breaking Hansbrough's nose. Henderson was ejected from the game and received an automatic one-game suspension from the NCAA. Hansbrough went on to play with a nose-guard/face mask through the postseason, before taking it off in the second half of a game against Michigan State, in the second round of the 2007 NCAA tournament.
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Hansbrough’s 22.6 ppg scoring average his junior year is the highest at UNC since Charlie Scott (27.1 ppg) in 1969–70.
In February, while Ty Lawson was injured, Hansbrough averaged 28.0 points and 12.1 rebounds over seven games.
Tyler Hansbrough's 27 20-point games and 19 double-doubles led the ACC. His 22.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.87 offensive rebounds, 6.36 defensive rebounds and 9.8 free throw attempts per contest also led the conference. He was second in field goal percentage (.540)
Hansbrough is the highest scoring junior in ACC history with 2,168 career points.
On February 3, 2008, at Florida State, Hansbrough broke Lennie Rosenbluth’s 51-year-old school record for made free throws when he made one with 16:37 to play in regulation
Hansbrough has scored 20 or more points in 27 games and 25 or more 16 times his junior season, most in the ACC.
Hansbrough grabbed 10 or more rebounds in 19 games his junior season, most in the ACC. He had ACC-leading 10 “20 & 10” games this seasonyear, seven more than any other player in the ACC.
By scoring 39 points against Clemson (February 10, 2008), Tyler Hansbrough became one of only two Carolina players in the past 35 years to have at least three 35-point games as a Tar Heel. Antawn Jamison, who had four such games, is the other. Lennie Rosenbluth scored at least 35 points 13 times in his UNC career to lead that category
He pulled down 52 rebounds in a three-game span from Feb. 3–10, the best three-game rebounding performance by a Tar Heel since 1968. He averaged 29.7 points and 17.3 rebounds in those three outings. For the season, he averaged 10.7 rebounds per game. That is tied for the highest average by a Tar Heel since Mitch Kupchak averaged 11.3 rpg in 1975–-76.
Hansbrough led the team in steals with 59 and in charges drawn with 42* (*needs data for charges drawn in the Final Four game against Kansas.
In the ACC semifinals on March 15, 2008 Hansbrough hit a baseline jump shot with 0.8 seconds remaining to give the Tar Heels a 68–66 victory over Virginia Tech. After Ty Lawson drove and missed a shot, Hansbrough took the rebound and scored for the win over the fourth-seeded Hokies. Carolina led Virginia Tech for just 1:29 of the 40-minute contest.
Tyler Hansbrough being congratulated after setting the new school scoring record
On April 25, 2008, North Carolina announced that Hansbrough would return for his senior season.
Tyler made his third straight Associated Press' preseason All-America based on a unanimous selection, and ended up leading the team to the NCAA championship in 2009.
Tyler was also the unanimous choice as ACC preseason player of the year.
On October 30, 2008, Tyler was diagnosed with a stress reaction in his right shin, then turned his left ankle while driving to the basket just minutes into his first game of the year at UC Santa Barbara. He missed four games, the first he has missed as a Tar Heel.
On December 18, 2008, in a home game in Chapel Hill against the University of Evansville, Hansbrough broke North Carolina's all-time career scoring record, surpassing Phil Ford's total of 2,290 points. That is just the second time in 52 years the UNC record has been broken.
Hansbrough grabbed his 1,000th career rebound on December 28 versus Rutgers and is one of seven Carolina players to record 1,000 rebounds in a career.
Had a 55-game double figure streak that was the second-longest in UNC history and equaled the 11th-longest in ACC history (ended at Florida State on Jan. 28).
With his 24 points against Maryland on February 3, 2009, Hansbrough set two records:
On February 18, 2009, vs. NC State, Hansbrough broke Phil Ford’s record of made field goals to move into first for UNC's field goals made in a career
On February 28, 2009, vs. Georgia Tech, Hansbrough set a new NCAA record for most free throws made in a career. He went 8 for 8 at the line against the Yellow Jackets to complete 907 career free throws made. Dickie Hemric of Wake Forest held the previous record with 905, a record that stood for 54 years.
Hansbrough led the ACC in scoring for the two consecutive seasons.
His 22 points at Virginia Tech gave him 2,302 points in 112 wins as a Tar Heel. That is more points than Phil Ford, Carolina’s No. 2 all-time scorer, had in his entire career (2,290)
Became the first player in ACC history to earn first-team All-America and first-team All-ACC honors in each of his four seasons
Voted by the coaches to the NABC District first team (with Ty Lawson)
One of only three ACC players (with Lawson and Jeff Teague) to be a USBWA Player of the Year finalist and on the Naismith and Wooden mid-season lists.
The first player in ACC history to lead his school in both scoring and rebounding in each of his four seasons
On March 15, 2011, Hansbrough scored a career high 30 points against the New York Knicks. During the 2012-13 NBA season, filling in for an injured David West, Hansbrough posted three consecutive double-doubles.
On July 2, 2013, the Pacers rescinded their $4.1 million qualifying offer for Hansbrough, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Tyler Hansbrough has earned the following honors in 2008: National Player of the Year, ACC Player of the Year, ACC Tournament Most Valuable Player and NCAA Tournament Regional MVP. Just three other players in ACC history have won all of the above honors in the same season: UNC’s Lennie Rosenbluth (1957), Duke’s Christian Laettner (1992) and UNC’s Antawn Jamison (1998).