"Psycho T" Psyched Out By NBA?

George LangbergContributor IMarch 31, 2009

ATLANTA - MARCH 13:  Tyler Hansbrough #50 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts after defeating the Virginia Tech Hokies 79-76 during day two of the 2009 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament on March 13, 2009 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Tyler Hansbrough is the picture perfect college basketball player.

Hansbrough has succeeded throughout his college career by going to two straight Final Fours and winning the national Player of the Year award last year.

The question is will it be enough to make it in the NBA?

There is a broad difference between good college players and good NBA players.

Hansbrough would definetly fit in the category of a great college player, but there has been a lot of questions about his vertical foot speed against defenders and versatility.

Tyler definetly has skill, but he might not be a realistic starting power foward in the NBA.

An example of this was this past weekend against the Oklahoma Sooners where he gave up 23 pts and 16 rebounds to most people's  prediction for No. 1 overall pick in this years NBA draft, Blake Griffin.

In the NBA, a key physical attribute is height and length for big men. Hansbrough does have height, but does not really have the length that a good big man needs to create a presence.

That is why players like Blake Griffin, Hasheem Thabeet, Al-Farouq Aminu, and Greg Monroe are predicted to go higher than him. Even his backup, freshman power foward Ed Davis, is a higher lottery pick than Hansbrough.

Hansbrough is predicted as a late first round to early second round pick, and looks like he could be heading down the same road as former ACC all-time leading scorer J.J. Reddick.

I am hoping that he gets a national championship, but I really do not think he has what it takes to make it in the NBA.