(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
Senior guard Travis Hansen was one of 13 student-athletes honored by the Cougar Club at its annual awards banquet. Hansen was the recipient of the 2003 Crowd Pleaser Award.
Coaches and media alike have described Travis Hansen as an extremely athletic player who can create his own shot or knock down the three. BYU fans will miss the excitement he created each time he stepped on the floor.
Few images better depict Hansen's character than his Senior Night. With his baby son in hand, he acknowledged the fans he's entertained for the past three seasons. During Travis' career, BYU built an amazing, record-setting 44-1 home record. The three-year home record is the best in school history, improving upon the 39-2 home record achieved during the final three seasons of BYU Hall-of-Famer Danny Ainge.
Travis led BYU to a share of the MWC crown in his last home game with a 15-point effort that included two of his trademark, rim-rocking dunks. Addressing the crowd after the game, he expressed gratitude for being a Cougar and invited fans to follow the team's post-season play. ?After the standing ovation, Hansen led the team around the arena to slap high fives with the fans.
Hansen fed off the crowd, playing the game in crescendo-pumping his fist, waving his arms, and getting the crowd on their feet. Known around the league for his competitive fire, he rarely entered an opposing gym without hearing a chorus of boos and jeers. As one media member explained it, "Other fans don't like Hansen simply because nobody can stop him, and that drives them crazy."
Travis' toughness, hustle, and confidence earned him All-MWC First Team accolodates and MWC Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2002-03. "Travis has been our leader on and off the court all season," says BYU head coach Steve Cleveland.
In only three seasons at BYU, he became only the 35th Cougar in school history to score 1,000 career points, finishing his three seasons 24th on BYU's all-time scoring list with 1,137 points. In 2002-03 he tallied double figures 28 times, usually while guarding the opponent's best scorer. He led BYU in scoring and blocks and was second on the team in rebounds and assists.
An unselfish player, Travis was willing to do whatever was required of him for the Cougars to win. His tough D, soaring rebounds, and clutch buckets brought BYU fans to their feet and kept them there.
In addition to Hansen, 12 other student-athletes were honored by the Cougar Club and the men's swimming and women's cross country teams were named teams of the year.
Longtime BYU women's tennis coach Ann Valentine, currently women's associate athletics director, was the 2003 recipient of the Dale Rex Award. Since 1947, the Dale Rex Award has been given annually to the person who has done the most to promote amateur athletics in the state of Utah.
Travis Hansen Bio
2003 Consensus First-Team All-MWC ... 2003 MWC Co-Defensive Player of the Year ... 2003 NABC District 13 First Team ... 2003 USBWA District 8 First Team ... 2003 led team in scoring (16.8), and blocks (20) ... 2003 Second on Team in Rebounds (4.8) and Assists (2.4) ... 2003 Paradise Jam All-Tournament Team ... 2003 Chevrolet Player of the Game (NCAA vs. UConn) ... 2003 Team Captain ... 2002 Second-Team All-MWC ... 2002 All-MWC Second Team ... 2002 Team Most Outstanding Player ... 2002 led team in scoring (15.6) and rebounds (6.2) ... Two-time MWC Player of the Week ... 35th Cougar in BYU History to Score 1,000 Career Points (1,137 points is 24th all-time at BYU) ... 71 starts in 86 career games ... Helped BYU to 44-1 home record in his three years (BYU three-year record) ... Career High sof 30 points, 17 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks, 3 steals.
2003 COUGAR CLUB AWARDS RECIPIENTS
Travis Hansen -- Men's Basketball -- Crowd Pleaser Award
Erin Thorn -- Women's Basketball -- Crowd Pleaser Award
Brooke Cadiente -- Softball -- Competitor Award
Kip Kangogo -- Men's Track/Cross Country -- Competitor Award
Todd Mortensen -- Football -- Kimball Memorial Award
Jonathan Alleman -- Men's Volleyball -- Cougar Club Memorial Award
Aaron Russell -- Men's Swimming/Diving -- Ed Stein Award
Jessie Kindschi -- Women's Track/CC -- Dale R. McCann Team Spirit Award
Ben Archibald -- Football -- Dale R. McCann Team Spirit Award
Amanda Grant -- Women's Swimming/Diving -- Outstanding Senior Female
Jeni Viernes -- Soccer -- Leona Holbrook Spirit of Sport Award
William Betz -- Men's Swimming -- Floyd Johnson Service Award
Heather Cheesman -- Women's Basketball -- Floyd Johnson Service Award
Ann Valentine -- Dale Rex Award
Swimming and Diving -- Men's Team of the Year
Cross Country -- Women's Team of the Year