Ben Hansbrough to Miss NBA Combine

Bleacher ReportContributor IMay 18, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 20:  Ben Hansbrough #23 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish communicates with teammates in the first half against the Florida State Seminoles during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the United Center on March 20, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Florida State won 71-57 in regulation. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Former Notre Dame guard and Big East Player of the Year, Ben Hansbrough, will be unable to attend the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.

The event, which starts today and lasts through the 22nd, will be a vital factor in grading potential draft prospects.

Ben, the younger brother of Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough, sprained his ankle during a workout with a personal trainer earlier this week in Indianapolis. It is currently unclear whether the trainer had any relation to the Pacers organization, who have posed some interest in the fifth-year Irish senior.

Having been one of 54 invitees to this year's combine in Chicago, he is considered by many to be a decent second-round pick.

"It's just a bump in the road for me," he said. "It's a setback, but I just have to find a way to get better."

For the time being, Hansbrough will remain in North Carolina with his elder brother, deciding not to return to South Bend for graduation ceremonies.