Hanson in 2012
October 20, 1955 |
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
|High school||Holy Cross
|NBA draft||1977 / Round: 3 / Pick: 50th overall|
|Selected by the New Orleans Jazz|
|Position||Guard / Forward|
|Career highlights and awards|
Collegiate playing career
After a standout high school career at Holy Cross High School, Hanson attended the University of Connecticut. In his junior season, they won the ECAC New England Championship as he guided the team to a Sweet 16 appearance. He was also the Yankee Conference Rookie of the Year in 1974. The next two seasons saw Hanson in the All-Yankee Conference First Team pick, both in 1975 and 1976. It was his senior year that gained him recognition, his double-double average of 26.0 points per game and 10.6 rebounds per contest leading him to be named New England Player of the Year. His time playing for the Huskies has led him to third in career scoring among all Connecticut basketball players (1,990 points in total), and first in field goals with 784. His average of 26.0 points per game places him second. Hanson was named to the UConn Basketball All-Century Team in 2001 as well as its Huskies of Honor in 2007.
1977 NBA draft
Following four successful years with Huskies, Hanson was picked by New Orleans Jazz in the third round of the 1977 NBA draft. He played preseason but didn't make it into the squad and ended up pursuing a career in Europe.
After not making the New Orleans Jazz first team, Hanson moved to Europe and had highly successful career in Italy, France, Northern Ireland and England. His endeavors in England led him to Tees Valley Mohawks, where he became coach after retirement.
After retiring from basketball, Hanson set up Hoop Dreams Social Enterprise, utilizing his degree in Special Education to run an initiative to help young people with education problems, using basketball to aid them. He is also chairperson of Middlesbrough Black & Minority Ethnic Network, championing under represented ethnic groups in the UK. His charitable work has led to him being awarded an MBE in 2007. Then culture secretary Tessa Jowell, who presented with Hanson the award, said of him, "Thanks to Mr Hanson's tireless efforts, thousands of young people in Tees Valley have benefited from the opportunities created by the Hoop Dreams Social Enterprise."
He is currently chairman of Tees Valley Mohawks Basketball Club, who compete in the top tier of English basketball.
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