CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Tyler Hansbrough wants to make one more run at the national championship. The North Carolina star will have to wait a little longer to find out whether two of his high-scoring teammates will be back to help him.
The Associated Press national player of the year said Friday that he would return for his senior year. However, sophomores Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington will declare for the NBA Draft, though they won't hire agents - leaving open the possibility of their return.
Hansbrough, a 6-foot-9 forward, averaged 22.6 points and 10.2 rebounds. He led the Tar Heels (36-3) to the winningest season in school history and the Final Four while sweeping the major national player-of-the-year awards. He already has qualified to become the eighth player in school history to have his jersey retired.
His return wasn't a big surprise considering he long has talked about his drive to win a national championship before he leaves Chapel Hill.
Ellington, a 6-4 wing guard, averaged nearly 17 points per game as the Tar Heels' top perimeter scorer. Lawson averaged about 13 while directing coach Roy Williams' fast-paced offense.