June 11, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- Former North Carolina All-American Tyler Hansbrough made a special appearance Monday afternoon at Bartow Arena. Hansbrough paid a visit to former Tar Heel assistant coach and current UAB head coach Jerod Haase, while also speaking to the campers at coach Haase's second basketball camp of the summer.
Hansbrough took time to answer a series of questions from the boys. The topics of conversation ranged from his game-day routine, the car he drives, to ping pong. Hansbrough was even asked to show off his skills with a dunk.
Hansbrough recalled having similar experiences as a boy. "I remember when I was a little kid and I used to come to these camps," he said. "They would have former players and guys like me come through. It meant a lot. It was cool to come out and meet someone that you saw on TV and that you look up to."
On the list of his many accomplishments, Hansbrough was the ACC's all-time leading scorer at UNC with 2,872 points. He is the only player in the history of the league to be a first team All-American and first team All-ACC performer four times. Hansbrough was also the 2007-08 National Player of the Year. He just finished his third year as a member of the NBA's Indiana Pacers.
"He's the ultimate warrior," said coach Haase. "He loves to compete. He has the whole package in terms of character, skill set and his work ethic."
Haase also hopes that the campers will learn from Hansbrough's experience. "He is where he is because of how hard he has worked," Haase said. "Your dreams can come true, but you have to work at them. Tyler is the perfect example that if you are willing to put in the time, big things can happen."
Hansbrough finds coach Haase to be a large asset to UAB's program. "He's very energetic and hardworking," Hansbrough said. "I love working with him. He knows a lot. You're going to see a passionate guy who is going to rub off on these kids. The kids are hopefully going to be into it and bring a lot to the court."