Hansbrough Wins Wooden Award

North Carolina junior sweeps MVP awards; Parker takes women's honor
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2008 8:06 PM CDT
Hansbrough Wins Wooden Award
Candace Parker of Tennessee, left, and Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina, right, pose with the 2008 John R. Wooden Award along with Tennessee coach Pat Summitt who won the Legends of Coaching award.    (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

He already earned an armful, but Tyler Hansbrough took one last bit of brass Friday night. The North Carolina junior won the John R. Wooden Award as college basketball's top player, giving him essentially a sweep of the season's individual honors, including The Associated Press college basketball player of the year award. "It means a lot," said Hansbrough, who finished fifth in the voting for the award last year.

He earned 4,653 points in the voting to beat out second-place Michael Beasley of Kansas State (4,402), who was followed by Kevin Love of UCLA (3,021), DJ Augustin of Texas (2,266) and Stephen Curry of Davidson (1,936). Tennessee's Candace Parker, who led the Volunteers to their second-straight national championship on Tuesday, won the women's award for the second straight year. (More NCAA stories.)

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