For a college basketball fanatic as myself, there is really nothing worse than this time of year. The season is over. And for every team but stupid Kansas, it ended on a bad note. The worst part of all is the 3 or so weeks of “what if” that gets played. What if my favorite player declares early for the NBA draft? What if they all (everyone that is eligible, that is) come back and combine with our new players to create a super team that is sure to win the championship next year?! What if only some come back? What if they all leave? (Poor Memphis fans, I totally feel for you!) Then this week rolls around. The official deadline to declare for the NBA draft is April 27th, i.e. this Sunday. So today, Friday the 25th, seemed to be the day that most fans figured an announcement, if still pending, would be made. AND IT WAS!
HE”S COMING BACK FOR HIS SENIOR SEASON PEOPLE!
Tyler Hansbrough. Winner of just about every Player of the Year award that is given. (There may have been others that he didn’t win, but I don’t know of any.) He of the 22.6 points and 10.2 rebounds. The possessor of beautiful, gigantic, bug-like, blue eyes. He returns to us, the Tar Heel faithful, so that we may worship at the altar of his awesomeness for another year!!! Thank you, Tyler. Thank you.
He has a basketball in his hands, yet his face is relaxed… Clearly something is wrong with him.
I am a huge proponent of college basketball players staying all 4 years. I get really mad at the whole one and done thing. If they’re going to go, let them go to the NBA right out of high school. If they’re going to go to college, STAY FOUR YEARS FOR ME!! And Tyler has chosen to stay for all 4 years, ostensibly, for ME! (Or so I like to think)
On another, less happy but not so bad, note: Wayne Ellington and Ty Lawson are testing the draft waters but not hiring agents, so they still have a chance to return to the fold. Come back to me! I love you!