#23 Ben Hansbrough
Started all 69 games during his Fighting Irish career … tallied 1,044 points (15.1 ppg) and 267 rebounds (3.9 rpg) in a Notre Dame uniform … also compiled 298 assists and 78 steals … including his two seasons at Mississippi, he played in 134 career games, scored 1,613 points, grabbed 480 rebounds, dished out 487 assists and had 144 steals.
FIFTH-YEAR SEASON (2010-11):
NCAA Consensus Second-Team All-American … named the BIG EAST Player of the Year … unanimous choice for first team all-BIG EAST Notre Dame Monogram Club Team MVP …started all 34 games … was one of four team captains… led the Irish by averaging a career-high 18 points per game … also led the team with 145 assists (4.3 apg) and career-high 41 steals … boasted a 1.79 assist-to-turnover ratio … hauled down 131 rebounds (3.9 rpg) … shot 47.9% from the field (194-405) a 43.5% from three-point range (87-200) … was 150-184 (81.5%) from the free throw line … reached double-figures in points 32 times, including 15 games with 20-plus points and netted 30 or more points twice … had one double-double … led the Irish in scoring 20 times … scored his 1,000th career point overall in the season opener against Georgia Southern made a career-high seven three-pointers (on 10 attempts) en route to 3 points in a 93-72 triumph of Villanova on senior night … also produced career-high five steals in addition to matching a career-best total with 10 assists against Villanova … made a career-high 11 free throws against Cincinnati (11-12) and Rutgers (11-13) … scored a career-high 32 points in a 94-93 victory at Providence … hauled down a season-high seven rebounds on three occasions (West Virginia, Seton Hall, Louisville in BIG EAST Championship) … with his second point against Louisville in the BIG EAST Championship, he became the 52nd player in Notre Dame history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
SENIOR SEASON (2009-10):
A valuable contributor in his first season playing with the Fighting Irish … started all 35 games … ranked third on the team in points (419) and points per game (12.0) … grabbed 136 rebounds (3.9 rpg) … scored in double figures 23 times … led the Irish in scoring on five occasions … second on the squad with 153 assists … dished out five or more assists in 13 games … notched an impressive 2.43 assist-to-turnover ratio, which ranked 27th nationally … shot 41.4% from three-point range (67-162) … recorded 37 steals and five blocked shots … second on the team in minutes played (1241) … averaged 35.5 minutes per game … played 35-plus minutes in 24 contests … Co-Team Irish Award … BIG EAST weekly honor roll (March 1) … hit all five of his three-point attempts and all four of his free throws en route to tallying a team-high tying 19 points in the season opener against North Florida … registered 18 points, seven assists and four rebounds versus Saint Francis … went 4-6 from three-point range against the Red Flash … netted 11 points and handed out seven assists against Long Beach State … after three straight games of single-digit scoring (Liberty, Kennesaw State, Northwestern), began a season-best streak of nine straight games of reaching double figures … scored 14 points and had five assists versus Saint Louis … netted another 14 points against Idaho State … notched 11 points versus UCF … scored a season-high 22 points, along with five assists, against IUPUI … knocked down four of his six three-point attempts en route to scoring 14 points in addition to dishing out nine assists versus Loyola Marymount … netted 14 points against UCLA … scored 16 points and had five assists versus Bucknell … produced an all-around effort with 10 points, a career-high 10 assists and eight rebounds against Providence in the BIG EAST opener … registered 14 points in a road contest at Connecticut … matched a career-high total with 10 assists in addition to nine rebounds versus West Virginia … produced 15 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists against DePaul … began a streak of eight straight games in double figures with 18 points against Rutgers … also had five rebounds, five assists and a career-high tying four steals versus the Scarlet Knights … compiled 12 points, nine assists and eight boards against Cincinnati … had 13 points and six rebounds against USF … netted 10 points versus Seton Hall and followed that up with 13 points against St. John’s … reached the 20-point plateau for the second time on the season with 21 points, to go along with a team-high eight rebounds, versus Louisville … hit a career-high 10 free throws (in 12 attempts) against the Cardinals … had 15 points and nine rebounds against Pittsburgh … notched 20-plus points for the second time in three games with a team-high 21 in a win at Georgetown … named to the BIG EAST weekly honor roll for his performance against the Hoyas … scored a team-best 17 points against West Virginia in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship … hit four of seven three-pointers against the Mountaineers … deposited a team-high 17 points and grabbed six rebounds versus Old Dominion in the first round of the NCAA Championship.
JUNIOR SEASON (2008-09):
Transferred to Notre Dame in June 2008 after playing for two seasons at Mississippi State … sat out entire 2008-09 campaign due to NCAA transfer rules.
SOPHOMORE SEASON AT MISSISSIPPI STATE (2007-08):
In 65 career outings with the Bulldogs, averaged 8.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists while playing 28.2 minutes per game and making 37 starts … averaged 10.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists while appearing in 30 of his teams 34 contests … led Mississippi State to a final 23-11 record and second-round appearance in NCAA Tournament … scored in double figures in 14 contests … topped the 20-plus points mark on three occasions and played 30-plus minutes in 22 games … first 20-point effort was against UT Martin as he connected on 6-8 shots from the field … also finished with 20 points against Auburn as he was 6-9 from the field and 4-7 from three-point range … his third 20-point outing of the season came at Florida when he connected on 6-10 shots and was 4-8 from three-point range … opened the season by scoring 11 points and recording three assists against Louisiana Tech … was 4-7 from the field in scoring 10 points against Southeastern Louisiana … tallied 16 points against South Alabama … dished off a season-high seven assists to go along with eight points against Loyola Marymount … scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 38 minutes against Missouri … netted 17 points on 6-10 shooting from the field against Lafayette … played 27 minutes and finished with 10 points against Alabama … had one of his most complete games of the season against South Carolina as he scored nine points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished off five assists … scored 11 points against Auburn … played a career-high 44 minutes against Vanderbilt, scoring seven points in the overtime game … scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds in the regular-season finale against LSU … recorded eight points and six rebounds against Alabama in the opening round of the SEC Tournament … registered 12 points and four assists versus Georgia in the SEC Tournament … notched five points, four rebounds and three assists in the first round NCAA Tournament victory over Oregon … shot 7-10 (.700) against Memphis, including 3-5 effort from three-point range as he finished with 19 points in a second-round loss.
FRESHMAN SEASON AT MISSISSIPPI STATE (2006-07):
Averaged 7.3 points, 3.2 assists and 2.8 rebounds in his rookie season at Mississippi State … was named to the SEC Coaches All-Freshman Team … played in all 35 contests and averaged 23.6 minutes per game and started nine games overall during the season … became the third freshman in school history to dish off 100 or more assists (112) in a season … ranked 14th in the SEC overall in assists and eighth in assist/turnover ratio (1.72) … stood fourth in the league in assist/turnover ratio (2.18) in conference games only … connected on 47 shots from beyond the three-point arc to rank third on the school’s freshman single-season chart, while his 41.2 percent three-point shooting accuracy stands eighth on Mississippi State’s all-time single-season list … paced all SEC freshmen in assists and three-point field goal percentage on the year, along with rating as the league’s No. 8 freshman scorer … reached double digits in scoring a dozen times, including five double-figure scoring outings over the year’s final seven contests … named SEC Freshman of the Week after scoring a career-high 23 points as he was 6-7 from the field and 5-6 from three-point range in addition to dishing off eight assists and making three steals in 29 minutes of turnover-free action against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi … preceded that effort with 15 points and six rebounds versus Charlotte … averaged 12.0 points and 3.5 rebounds during the SEC Tournament, scoring a dozen points each against Kentucky and Arkansas … tallied 15 points in NIT home win over Mississippi Valley State, and had a dozen points and season-high seven boards during home NIT triumph over Florida State … totaled 13 points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals in home victory against Alabama in regular-season finale …matched his season high with eight assists and added eight points on the road against his home state Missouri Tigers. … shot a team-best 78.4 percent from the charity stripe and ranked third on the team with 35 steals on the year.
HONORS AND AWARDS:
Co-Team Irish Award (2010) … BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (March 1, 2010) … SEC All-Freshman Team member (2007) … SEC Freshman of the Week (Nov. 2006).
Two-time, first-team all-state performer for Class 5A Poplar Bluff (Mo.) High School by the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association as well as the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association …earned first-team all-region accolades and collected all-conference honors three consecutive seasons in helping lead the Mules to a four-year composite record of 91-21, including back-to-back state championships in 2003-04 and 2004-05 … named Mr. Show-Me Basketball and was selected as the 2005-06 SEMO Conference Player of the Year (John Gibbs Award) after averaging 24.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 3.9 steals per game as a senior … helped lead coach Travis Brown’s Mules to a 21-6 overall record, including a third consecutive SEMO Conference crown and fifth straight district title … totaled 1,577 points (second in school history; 14.1 ppg), 585 rebounds (5.2 rpg) and 493 assists (19th all-time in state history; 4.4 apg) during his four-year high school career, along with shooting 53 percent from the field overall (hitting 142 career treys) and 75.0 percent from the charity stripe … had his No. 23 retired at the conclusion of his prep career … shot 52.0 percent from the field, 43.0 percent from beyond the arc and 78.0 percent from the line as a senior in leading Poplar Bluff in virtually every statistical category … collected first-team all-state, all-region and all-conference honors as a junior after averaging 17.1 points, 6.4 assists and 5.2 rebounds per contest in helping lead coach John David Pattillo’s Poplar Bluff squad to a 27-4 overall record and a second straight Class 5A state championship… averaged 9.2 points, 4.5 assists and 3.8 rebounds per outing as a sophomore starter and was a second team all-conference performer in helping pace the 25-6 Mules to their first of two consecutive state titles.
Full name is Benjamin Lee Hansbrough … third in his immediate family to participate in collegiate sport … brother Tyler was a three-time All-American basketball standout at the University of North Carolina and current member of the Indiana Pacers … father Gene was a high jumper for Missouri … the youngest of three children — has two older brothers Greg and Tyler … son of Gene and Tami Hansbrough … his mother Tami was Miss Missouri 1978 … his uncle Corby Fister played in the Atlanta Braves organization and uncle Sean Fister won the world long drive championship in golf three times … born 12-23-1987 in Poplar Bluff, Mo. … graduated from the College of Arts and Letters as an American Studies major in 2011.
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