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He’s used to attention like this at the
2008 media day in
Chapel Hill. But
on keeping his personal life separate,
and to himself.
If he can’t forever be
hanging from that
rim, at least his No.
50 will wave above
it. He already is
Carolina’s best all-time scorer and is on
pace to finish as its
top rebounder and
its leader in field
goals made and
souri’s borders with Arkansas, Illinois,
Kentucky and Tennessee, the area Wal-Mart sells more paraphernalia from UNC
than from any other school.
For all the attention, Hansbrough,
who’s finishing up a communications
studies major, seems unaffected, his exceptional abilities, focus and achievement
leavened by old-fashioned charms.
“You see guys, they get all this fame and
celebrity, then they become different people or they just love all the attention. He’s
not like that at all,” said Frasor, a fellow
Midwesterner. “He’s a huge iconic figure in
North Carolina basketball, the state of
North Carolina, NCAA basketball across
the country, and yet he doesn’t take advantage of it, it doesn’t get to his head, he
doesn’t really care about it. He goes about
his daily routine, trying to be the best he
can be, to win a national championship and
see where his basketball career takes him
after college. I think that’s the most impressive thing about him.”
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‘You see guys,
they get all this
or they just love
all the attention.
He’s not like
that at all.’
BARRY JACOBS is a freelance writer based in
Hillsborough who has covered ACC basketball
since 1976 as a reporter and commentator.