Ben Hansbrough's trip to South Bend was a memorable one as he looks for his right fit after transferring from Mississippi State. Hansbrough, a 6-foot-3 guard, started 28 games and was State's fourth-leading scorer (10.5) this past season as the Bulldogs advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He averaged 3.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and shot 36 percent from 3-point range. He also averaged 33.5 minutes per game, which was more than most Fighting Irish players averaged this season, except for Kyle McAlarney (35.7).
His brother, Tyler, is an All-American at North Carolina and this season's consensus player of the year. Gene Hansbrough confirmed that Ben had thought about leaving Mississippi State last season, but after this season felt like it was the right move.
There is no timetable for the decision.
"Ben loves Notre Dame," Gene Hansbrough said. "I think he wants to play in a competitive program and be able to excel as a team."
Don't be surprised if Psycho T's brother pulls the trigger and commits to the Irish this week. If Hansbrough does indeed sign with Notre Dame, he will have to sit out the upcoming 2008-09 season, and will have two years eligibility remaining for Mike Brey's squad.