March 30, 2011
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame senior guard Ben Hansbrough (Poplar Bluff, Mo.) has been named to the John R. Wooden All-America Team.
The 10-player team also includes Jimmer Fredette, BYU; JaJuan Johnson, Purdue; Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State; Marcus Morris, Kansas; Jacob Pullen, Kansas State; Nolan Smith, Duke; Jared Sullinger, Ohio State; Kemba Walker, Connecticut; and Derrick Williams, Arizona.
Hansbrough becomes the third player in Notre Dame history to be named to the John R. Wooden All-America Team. He joins Troy Murphy (1999-00 & 2000-01) and Luke Harangody (2007-08 & 2008-09).
Hansbrough, the 2010-11 BIG EAST Player of the Year, was selected to the Associated Press All-America second team last week. In addition, Hansbrough was named a second team All-American by Sporting News and a third team All-American by Basketball Times. He also was chosen to CollegeInsider.com’s 22-person Lute Olson All-America Team.
Hansbrough finished this season as Notre Dame’s leading scorer with an 18.4 scoring average. In addition to averaging 3.9 rebounds per game, he led the Irish in assists (145) and steals (41). Despite only playing two seasons in an Irish uniform after transferring in June of 2008 from Mississippi State, Hansbrough scored 1,044 points at Notre Dame and started all 69 career games with the Irish. He closed out his career at Notre Dame with a 15.1 career scoring average.
The only unanimous selection on the all-BIG EAST teams, Hansbrough finished as the conference’s third leading scorer at 20.7 points per game and also grabbed 4.1 rebounds and dished off 4.3 assists in 18 league outings. On 20 occasions Hansbrough led the Irish in scoring, reaching double figures in all but two contests, topping the 30-point mark on two occasions and netting 20-plus point 14 times.