A month ago, former UNC Tar Heel Tyler Hansbrough was getting bashed about his future in the NBA despite having a National Championship and a National Player of the Year award on his resume. Critics said that he was too small for a power forward slot in the NBA and that his jump shot was way to incosistant for a small forward.
Well, according to scouts at an Atlanta Hawks workout, Hansbrough is moving up the draft board.
It wasn’t any one thing in particular that had the Hawks’ coaches buzzing. It was everything. Hansbrough’s energy, effort and obviously better-than-advertised shooting and athleticism caught more than a few folks in attendance by surprise.
The team was very impressed by the way Hansbrough played at a high energy-level through every drill and practice game, claiming he “kicked the meter up.”
Seeing him work his butt off in college against guys who are suppose to be stronger and better than him, like Blake Griffin in the Elite Eight, I knew that he would not be satisfied with being a role player in the NBA, which is what scouts pegged him as.
Atlanta doesn’t really need a power forward, but some think that if Hansbrough falls to them, they should pounce.
“If this kid is still there at 19, the Hawks better not hesitate,” another Eastern Conference executive told me Sunday afternoon. “The kid’s a dream for coaches in our league, because he’s going to come in and crank things up automatically. He’s just wired differently than most of these other guys.”