Tyler Hansbrough

The American-born Tyler Hansbrough is a  professional basketball player who played in the NBA for seven seasons.

Besides, he played for three different clubs in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).

Tyler started playing in the NBA when the Indiana Pacers picked him in the 2009 draft.

Before playing the professional league, he played his college basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels.

While there, he led his team to win numerous awards in intercollegiate tournaments, including the NCAA Championship in 2009.

Likewise, he was one of the best players in the country during his college years.

However, his performance declined after stepping into the NBA. His stats in the initial seasons were somehow okay, considering that he had good rebound scores to back them up.

Even though his performance was not up to the mark, he played NBA playoffs six times out of seven seasons. Sadly, in 2017, after the Charlotte Hornets released him, no NBA clubs took an interest in him.

Consequently, he played in the CBA and NBA G League. Tyler has not yet declared his retirement, but he has not appeared in any matches since 2020.

Let’s explore more about Tyler’s early life, unexpectedly short NBA career, achievements, etc.

But before moving into the details, here are some quick facts about Tyler Hansbrough.

Quick Facts

Full Name Andrew Tyler Hansbrough
Known As Tyler Hansbrough
Date of Birth November 3, 1985
Birth Place Columbia, Missouri, the USA
Nick Name Psycho T
Religion Christianity
Nationality American
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Age 36 years old
Height 2.06 m (6 feet 9 inches)
Weight 249 lb (113 kg)
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Dark brown
Build Athletic
Father’s Name Gene Hansbrough
Mother’s Name Tami Wheat Hansbrough
Siblings Two brothers
Siblings’ Name Greg Hansbrough, Ben Hansbrough
  • Poplar Bluff High School (Poplar Bluff, Missouri)
  • University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, North Carolina)
Marital Status Divorced
Sexual Orientation Straight
Ex-Wife’s Name Brighton Smith
Kid None
Food Habit Non-vegetarian
Profession Basketball player
NBA Draft 2009
Position Power forward / Center
League  National Basketball Association (NBA)
Active Years (2009–2020)
Net Worth $1-$5 million
Currently Plays For None
Jersey Number 50
Social Media  InstagramTwitter
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Last Update August 2022

Childhood, family, and education

Tyler Hansbrough was born in Columbia, Missouri, on November 3, 1985. Gene, Tyler’s father, is an orthopedic surgeon, and Tami, Tyler’s mother, was a dentist for many years.

Tyler and his siblings attended Poplar Bluff High School, where they were both born and raised in Missouri. The brothers began doing sports when they were young since, in addition to their studies, they enjoyed them greatly.

Tyler and Gene Hansbrough, his father (Source: Zimbio)

Greg, his older brother, was a sports enthusiast who encouraged his younger brothers to follow suit.

Due to a brain tumor, Greg was unable to pursue a career in music like his other two brothers, despite being rather well-liked in high school.

Ben, Tyler’s younger brother, also went on to play in the NBA. Prior to getting into the real estate business, he was a Western Kentucky University assistant coach.

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As a result, Tyler grew up in a sporting family and enjoyed playing basketball because he was a fairly tall child.

His parents constantly encouraged their sons because they were aware of their interests and passions.

Tyler and his brothers set up a practice court in their backyard, where they would spend hours honing their dunks and shooting techniques.

He was therefore highly skilled and knowledgeable about several basketball strategies before participating in high school.

However, their parents are now divorced and no longer live together. But there is a great deal of love and affection in his family.

Tyler Hansbrough | High School for Career Career

Tyler started his education at Poplar Bluff High School in Missouri, where he also participated in high school basketball for the same squad.

His height made it easy for him to get to the hoop, therefore he primarily played as a power forward.

Additionally, he enjoyed playing at the center position.

He immediately displayed his high level of ambition and excelled at playing. He consequently had a very high shooting % and was also proficient at grabbing rebounds.

Hansbrough successfully completed his senior year and received numerous accolades. In the previous season, he scored 28.0 points and grabbed 7.3 rebounds a game.

Speaking of his accomplishments, he received numerous awards, including McDonald’s All-American and Gatorade Best Basketball Player of The Year (Missouri).

He also performed admirably at the 2005 Nike Hoop Summit.

Career in College

Tyler Hansbrough made the decision to continue his academic career by enrolling at the University of North Carolina at Tar Heels.

His decision to sign with North Carolina turned out to be a game-changing one for him because he went on to become one of their legendary players.

He played fiercely from the start, which helped him win multiple awards. He participated in 31 games that season, averaging 18.9 points per game, the best mark among freshman.

Additionally, he maintained the record by becoming the only freshman in ACC history to be named to the First Team All-America.

But this was just the start of his jaw-dropping performances.

Over the course of the following three collegiate seasons, he dazzled everyone with his tenacious performance. He also had excellent statistics in his second season and averaged over 20.0 points per game in both his junior and senior campaigns.

Also, he quickly became well-known throughout the nation and was regarded as one of the most important up-and-coming basketball talents. He won practically all of the national honors available to collegiate athletes.

After receiving his diploma, he declared for the 2009 NBA draft, where he was projected to be one of the top picks after looking at his total collegiate performance.

Career in the Profession

He was one of the top college grads that year, and there was fierce competition among NBA teams to sign him.

He was eventually selected by the Indiana Pacers as the 13th overall choice in the first round of the 2009 draft.

The team had high hopes for its new recruit, but the legendary Tar Heels player tragically suffered an injury even before the season began.

He as a result missed a lot of preseason and regular season NBA games.

And He performed admirably for the Pacers in his second season of play. He offered the team a cause to keep him by averaging a career-high 11.0 points and 5.2 rebounds per game during that particular season.

He failed to satisfy the team’s administration, though, and was thus discharged in 2013. Then, to resume his NBA career, he joined with the Toronto Raptors.


Tyler Hansbrough wearing a Pacers uniform (Source: Zimbio)

However, his performance never improved again, and at the end of the 2015–16 NBA season, no NBA team wanted him.

He only played for the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA after his time with the Raptors.

He also gave the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League a shot. The Chinese Basketball Association League was his next stop, and there he played for about three seasons.

Unfortunately, the college basketball star had a limited professional success and had to leave the NBA earlier than anticipated.

Even though he hasn’t officially announced his retirement, he hasn’t played in any basketball games since his CBA participation.

In addition, he co-hosts the SleepHawk Worldwide podcast with Brandon Staton and acts as a match commentator.

Tyler Hansbrough | Awards & Achievements

Some of his awards and achievements are:

  • NCAA champion (2009)
  • ACC Player of The Year (2008)
  • ACC Rookie of The Year (2006)
  • McDonald’s All-American (2005)
  • Consensus National College Player of The Year (2008)
  • Jersey No. 50 retired by North Carolina Tar Heels
  • USBWA National Freshman of The Year (2006)
  • ACC Tournament MVP (2008)

How much is Tyler Salary, Net Worth, and Career Earnings?

Tyler Hansbrough’s professional career was largely unsuccessful, hence his net worth is thought to be between $1 – $5 million.

However, a lot of publications on the internet claim that it is close to $20 million, which is quite improbable given his background and career.

The footballer has nevertheless made more than enough money to live a luxury lifestyle with his loved ones.

He has accumulated a sizable sum of money through professional league games, despite the fact that he now makes money as a program host.

When he first entered the NBA, he was the subject of considerable hype.

He received over $2 million from the Indiana Pacers for his debut campaign. In the second season, they again made him an offer of the same amount.

Since Tyler made some progress in his second season, the Pacers boosted Tyler’s 2011–12 salary to $2.1 million. He earned about $9 million while playing for the Pacers as a result.

Sadly, he had a relatively brief NBA career because he was unable to perform adequately for any team following the Pacers. Therefore, he did not earn as much as he had anticipated.

However, during the course of his NBA career, he accumulated fortune totaling close to $16.7 million.

Later, Hansbrough played for a number of Chinese clubs as well as Fort Wayne of the NBA Development League. However, his earnings there have not yet been uncovered.

Height, weight, and age

The former NBA player will be 36 years old in 2022.

His physique measurements are as follows: he is gigantic and is 2.06 meters (6 feet 9 inches) tall. All of his siblings are tall and athletic, in contrast to his parents, who are rather short and work mostly in academia.

He also weighs about 249 lbs (113 kg). His gorgeous brown eyes and brown hair are additional attractive traits.

Personal Life of Tyler Hansbrough

Tyler is a reserved individual who prefers to keep his private affairs hidden. But everyone who follows him is aware that he is single and not dating anyone right now.

However, he had previously been wed to Brighton Smith, his high school sweetheart. Before getting married in 2015, they dated for several years.

They had planned the wedding ceremony on University of North Carolina property, close to Old Well.

Tyler and Brighton, his ex-wife (Pinterest as source)

The couple has already filed for divorce and is living apart as of right now. However, the cause of their breakup is still unknown.

Tyler dated another woman named Savita Senthil after his divorce.

They had started dating after they had first met in around 2021. During that time, Tyler and Savita were frequently spotted together and frequently shared photos on social media.

However, they split up later that year. Hansbrough also doesn’t have any children.

 Social Media Presence

Instagram: @masterhansbruh

Twitter: @THANS50

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why was Tyler Hansbrough called Psycho T?

While at UNC, Tyler was shy and often used to remain silent. However, during the games, he used to be quite aggressive and often screamed out loud, due to which his teammates and coaches there nicknamed him Psycho T.

Who does Tyler Hansbrough play for now?

Tyler Hansbrough does not play for any club now. However, he last played for the Sichuan Blue Whales in the CBA.

What year did Tyler Hansbrough break his nose?

Tyler Hansbrough broke his nose in 2007. It happened when Duke University’s Gerald Henderson accidentally hit him. Consequently, Henderson was expelled, and UNC had won the match.