50 - Tyler Hansbrough

6-9, 234 Power Forward
North Carolina Senior
11/03/85 (37.6 yrs)
Poplar Bluff, MO
High School
Poplar Bluff
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Post Skills

NBA Comparison: Eduardo Najera/Mark Madsen

The 2007-08 National Player of the Year has been a consistent and productive player each and every year at PF position (holds UNC scoring record) … A hustle player who loves to hit the glass as hard as possible on both ends of the floor … Has great hands that he uses well around the basket … Makes great decisions in the post; likes turning to his left shoulder and using a right handed baby-hook –or a mini hook while creating contact with his left … Hansbrough creates space well in the low post and tries to position himself as close as possible to the basket (his upper body strength helps him to get good position offensively) … Loves to use pump fakes against bigger and stronger players, he’ll spin and draw contact around the basket to get to the free throw line (draws fouls at 20+% per position) … He is an excellent free-throw shooter at 84%; he is absolutely the best finisher around the basket after contact in the college game … Hansbrough has a solid shooting touch from 15-16 feet that has developed the past few years and can also hit the midrange jumper with relative consistency if he is given space (51% FG). Possesses a great feel for rebounding and does an excellent job of positioning himself and boxing out on rebounds (good offensive rebounder) … Tries to get his hand on every loose ball … He is a solid post defender with good fundamentals and a strong lower body … A very passionate player who plays with tremendous heart and energy …

Weaknesses: At 6’ 8’’ Hansbrough lacks ideal size for the NBA PF position … Struggles defending taller and more athletic players even at the college level … Not athletic enough to overcome his size disadvantage to be a standout at the next level … Needs to develop face-up game … Hansbrough overpowers most of the players at the college level and will not be able to do the same in the NBA. Scores most of his baskets on sheer will and hustle, lacking a great skill level in the post … Defensively he struggles to stay in front of quicker and more athletic players outside paint … His ball handling is a big question at the next level (more than 2 dribbles often results in a TO). His jump-shot is unnatural and needs work as well as his shooting motion … His footwork and lateral-quickness needs improvement … Though he has improved his range, Hansbrough has to become a more consistent outside shooter …

Stevan Petrovic 5/17/09

Strengths: Despite being an underclassmen, Hansbrough has the leadership abilities and court savvy that many seniors lack … Approaches each game with a high intensity level and great determination … Has an excellent understanding of how to use his body and strength to score in the low post … Does a great job of establishing position in the low post … Very patient when creating shots, scores on bigger opponents using his strength and determination … Has a decent assortment of offensive moves such as a jump hook, up and under and decent spin move … Owns a great pair of hands that have a rare combination in that they are both incredibly strong and soft enough to catch most passes thrown in the post … Controls the boards thanks to his tenacity and body strength Has shown the ability to face-up and hit the perimeter jumpshot out to 15 feet … Because of his physical style of play, Hansbrough does a great job of drawing fouls from opposing defenders … he’s able to capitalize on this with his solid free throw shooting ability … Has an uncanny knack of scoring after contact occurs in the paint … Defensively he does an admirable job of keeping opposing players between himself and the basket … Shows good touch around the basket on flip-ins, lay-ups and put-backs … Runs the court well and is fast enough to beat opponents down the floor on fast breaks … Has a tremendous work ethic which has enabled him to improve in numerous facets of the game …

Weaknesses: One of Hansbroughs most glaring weaknesses is that he isn’t a superior athlete … He doesn’t show much vertical explosiveness and lacks super quickness … Has shown that he can be disrupted offensively when guarded by taller more athletic players … Defensively his lack of explosiveness and wingspan doesn’t allow him to be much of a shot blocker … Although he is an adequate post defender his average lateral quickness will hurt his perimeter offense … Still needs to develop his post footwork as he picks up travel violations from time to time … Although he has shown a good array of moves with his back to the basket, he’ll need to polish them to have the ame success againt the NBA elite … He could stand to become more comfortable facing the basket … The fact that he is a year older than most in his class has led some to suggest that he is close to his peak in development.

Matthew Maurer – 1/1/2007

Strengths: A real impact player on the college level, one of the reasons that UNC has surpassed everyone’s expectations, and likely freshman of the year nationally … A scrappy player who loves to hit the glass hard on both ends of the floor … Has a real knack for rebounding and scoring on the low block … Uses his strength well to create space … Uses pump fakes and times his shots well against bigger defenders … Makes a killing on the offensive glass with relentless effort … Upper body strength allows him to establish good post position … One of his major strengths is his ability to step outside the lane and hit shots from 12 feet … Good free throw shooter for a big man, attacks the basket hard and draws a lot of fouls … Plays with a lot of energy, passion … Has made a huge impact this season and due to his willingness to work hard should continue to improve in all aspects of the game …

Weaknesses: At 6-8, he’s undersized for the power forward position and not a freak athlete … At 20 years of age, his stats as a freshman are a bit deceiving, he is much further developed physically and skill wise than the average freshman … Defense is suspect at times … Leaping ability is average … Better suited to the half court game, jumps better off two feet … Questionable upside due to his skill level, size and athleticism … Overpowers a lot of players on the college level to score, but wont be able to do the same on the next level … Uses his power or outside shot to do most of his scoring, still needs to develop more low post moves …

Rob Salvador – 2/15/2006

YouTube Clip – 4/6/2008

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