Tyler Hansbrough will return to the state where he was once a basketball star, albeit a college star, as the big man will join the Charlotte Hornets, according to Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer.
Hansbrough starred at North Carolina, where he won one national title and a National Player of the Year award. He was named First-Team All American three times and is currently the all-time leading scorer in ACC history.
Hansbrough was drafted by the Indiana Pacers with the 13th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. He only shot 36 percent from the field his rookie season, but he had the best year of his career the following season, averaging 11 points and 5.2 rebounds while shooting 46.5 percent from the field.
Hansbrough moved on to the Toronto Raptors in 2013, but he didn’t get the playing time he did in Indiana. The 29-year-old averaged 3.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in 14.3 minutes per game last year.
Hansbrough likely won’t get much playing time in Charlotte either, but he can provide energy off the bench when called upon.