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Indiana Pacers Take Tyler Hansbrough

NEW YORK - JUNE 25:  NBA Commissioner David Stern poses for a photograph with the thirteenth overall draft pick by the Indiana Pacers,  Tyler Hansbrough during the 2009 NBA Draft at the Wamu Theatre at Madison Square Garden June 25, 2009 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Meredith DarlingtonContributor IJune 26, 2009

With lucky pick number thirteen, the Indiana Pacers have chosen Tyler Hansbrough from the University of North Carolina in the NBA draft. Hansbrough is already going down in the history books as one of the greatest college basketball players and now he has the opportunity to prove himself in the NBA. No one deserves this opportunity more.

Regardless of what people are saying about Tyler not translating well in the NBA, I think Hansbrough is going to excel. Obviously the Pacers are of the same mindset. Hansbrough has the talent, the drive and the heart to succeed. He is the perfect example of someone who gets out what he puts in, and I am confident he is going to continue pushing himself.

Tar Heels coach Roy Williams, also has something to say about Hansbrough going to the Pacers. "That's a great fit," he said during an table-side interview at the NBA draft.

What's also a great fit is a Missouri boy playing in Indiana. I'm sure some Hansbrough fans from his home state are going to consider making the drive to Indianapolis to see some of his games (according to Google Maps, it's about a six hour drive from Hansbrough's hometown of Poplar Bluff to Indianapolis). That's not bad for a weekend outing.

I would like to extend a huge congratulations to Tyler Hansbrough for his accomplishments. Thanks for the memories at North Carolina, and good luck in Indiana.

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