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Ben Hansbrough
Ht/Wt: 6-3 / 203 lbs
Position: PG/SG
Team: Notre Dame
Class: Senior

2011 Draft Profile - Ben Hansbrough

Hansbrough was one of the toughest competitors in college basketball this past season and Big 10 conference player of the year. You can find Ben next to the definition of “gritty” as he assumes leadership by not only giving 100% effort all of the time, but by getting in the face of his teammates when needed and demanding the matched effort from the players around him. Ben usually plays PG and is a QB on the floor, he is a dangerous outside shooter with deep 3pt range and accuracy, he uses screens well and a good decision maker when executing the office. Ben can also play off the ball and is a pure enough shooter to run plays for to get an open look. He is heady on defensive, and gives maximum effort, at 6ft3 205lbs he has a sturdy build and uses his strength and motor to make hustle plays. Although he has been accused of being hot tempered Hansbough is a fiery competitor, unselfish and focused on winning and doing whatever it takes.

Ben is similar to Jimmer Fredette, he does not have the athleticism that translates to the NBA one on one game, he needs screens on offense and trying to defend NBA guards could get scary. He is more of a zone player. He does not have ideal height to play SG, as he will need to have a little space to have a good outside shot attempt.

His demeanor alone will add to his team. I think his shooting, intelligence and competitiveness will allow him to play spot minutes when needed, but his limitations with speed, length and agility make him cracking a spot in the regular rotation an uphill battle. This student of the game underdog looks to be a perfect fit for an end of the bench guard that will bring intensity to the practice floor and will keep himself ready for when he is called upon.
Player profile submitted by: Tom Patterson

Once he tranferred to Notre Dame, Hansbrough found his game. While he'll never be a starting point guard in the NBA, he has enough of a skill set to find a home as a combo guard. First off, he's a phenomenal shooter. And his range is almost unlimited. He has court vision and plays with a high engine (like brother Tyler). Questions will remain about his lack of lateral quickness and how it translates defensively in the NBA. But he is probably more athletic than given credit for, and his shooting cant be ignored.
Player profile submitted by: John Steppling

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