Friday, April 4, 2008

Hansbrough lives up to hardest-working label

The busiest man in San Antonio on Friday – aside from the reporters following him - is North Carolina center Tyler Hansbrough.

At 10 a.m. Eastern Time, he stopped at a place called Sunset Station to pick up the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s national player of the year award.

Forty-five minutes later, he was at the Marriott Riverwalk Hotel, receiving The Associated Press’ player of the year honor.

He hustled out of the awards ceremony to change out of his dark pinstriped suit and black mock turtleneck for North Carolina’s practice.

Later, he will be off to the Alamodome to meet with more reporters – and perform in front of a crowd of thousands at the team’s open practice. Because the open practice isn’t much more than a dog and pony show, coach Roy Williams held the team’s real practice beforehand.

Hansbrough is known as the hardest working basketball player in the United States. He certainly lived up to that reputation Friday.

– Ken Tysiac