Hansbrough to sit out indefinitely

October 31, 2008 5:31:15 AM PDT
University of North Carolina senior forward Tyler Hansbrough, the 2008 national college basketball player of the year, has a stress reaction condition in his right shin and will sit out practice indefinitely, head coach Roy Williams announced Thursday evening.According to the Associate Director of Athletics for Communications University of North Carolina Steve Kirschner, Hansbrough did not practice Thursday, but had an MRI that revealed the stress reaction.

There is no timetable for his return and no further information is available at this time. Coach Williams will not have a statement until Friday after he meets with the UNC medical staff and Hansbrough.

Hansbrough averaged 22.6 points and 10.2 rebounds last year and was the National Player of the Year, ACC Player of the Year, ACC Male Athlete of the Year, ACC Tournament MVP and NCAA East Regional MVP.

The Poplar Bluff, Mo., native has played in all 108 games in his first three years as a Tar Heel.