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BYU's Travis Hansen remains high on many NBA teams' draft boards as Thursday's NBA Draft in New York City approaches.
The 6-foot-6 shooting guard from Orem, Utah, is looking to become the first Cougar selected in the annual draft since Shawn Bradley was taken with the second-overall pick by Philadelphia in 1993. A BYU player has been selected in the NBA Draft 41 times, the second most selections among all Mountain West Conference teams behind UNLV's 48.
Hansen's stock has continued to improve since the end of the college season thanks to an exhaustive workout schedule with most NBA teams and good showings at the pre-draft camps. During workouts he has demonstrated good shooting range and impressed with his athleticism and solid overall abilities as a defender and rebounder.
At the Portsmouth Invitational, Hansen was named to the all-tournament team and was singled out as the recipient of the event's sportsmanship award. He averaged 15.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in three games while shooting 57.6 percent (19-33) from the floor, including 62.5 percent from NBA three-point range (5-8)
Despite one rough shooting game at the Chicago camp, the athletic Hansen kept his stock high with his overall contributions. He averaged 9.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.7 steals in three games as his team finished with a 2-1 record.
Listed below are links to articles of interest, including recent stories highlighting Hansen as he awaits Thursday's NBA Draft.
On the Rise: Teams Taking a Hard Look at Hansen (Deseret Morning News)
Cougar Learns Fate Thursday (Daily Herald)
Cougs' Hansen Expects Call (Salt Lake Tribune)
Detriot Pistons Draft Prognosis (FOXSports)
Travis Hansen Draft Capsule (FOXSports)
Hansen has Made Himself into Potential First-Round Pick (Deseret Morning News)
Articles and box scores from the Chicago camp:
2003 Chicago Pre-Draft Camp (Bulls.com)
Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score
Game Three Box Score
Hansen Made Strong Case to Be Selected in First Round (ESPN)
Mock Draft Still Has Hansen as First Round Pick (ESPN)
Poor Shooting Hurts But Athletic Hansen Still on Draft List (FOXSports)
Prior Articles of Interest:
A 1st-Round Pick? Former Coug Has a Shot (Salt Lake Tribune)
Hansen's Stock Rising (Deseret Morning News)
Hansen has Chance to Play Himself into First Round (FOXSports)
Bulls' Guards a Point of Interest (Chicago Tribune/The Mercury News)
Mock Draft Predicts Hansen in First Round (ESPN)
Mock Draft Has Hansen Selected Middle Second Round (NBAdraft)
NBA Should Want Hansen to Act his Age (Daily Herald)
Hansen Impresses at Portsmouth Invitational (BYUcougars.com)