Hansbrough signs two-year deal with Raptors

Tyler Hansbrough has signed on with the Raptors. (AP/Michael Conroy)

The Toronto Raptors have signed free-agent forward-centre Tyler Hansbrough to a two-year, $6-million deal.

“Tyler brings physicality and a winning attitude to our club,” Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri said in a statement. “We are extremely excited to bring him to Toronto.”

Hansbrough, 6-foot-9, 250 pounds, has appeared in 246 career regular season games posting averages of 8.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 19.7 minutes. He recorded his career highs in the 2010-11 campaign with averages of 11.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 21.9 minutes in 70 games.

A first-round pick (13th overall) by Indiana in the 2009 Draft, Hansbrough posted career bests of 30 points versus New York on March 15, 2011 and 14 rebounds versus Orlando on March 19, 2013.

Hansbrough enjoyed a stellar collegiate career at the University of North Carolina from 2005-09. He ended his four-year stay as the school’s all-time leader in points (2,872), rebounds (1,219), made field goals (939) and made free throws (982). He was also the all-time leading scorer in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) history.

In 142 career outings, Hansbrough averaged 20.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 30.9 minutes. He is the first player in ACC annals to be named first-team All-ACC and first-team All-America in each of his four seasons. He is the fifth player in conference history to lead his team in scoring four consecutive campaigns and the lone player to also lead his team in rebounding all four seasons.

Hansbrough was the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2005 and the ACC Player of the Year as well as the Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year in 2008.

Hansbrough led the Tar Heels to the 2009 NCAA Championship. He is the eighth player to have his jersey number (50) retired by the school.

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