Tyler Hansbrough Bio: Breaking Down The Life of Psycho T

Tyler Hansbrough, or “Psycho T,” is an American basketball player from Missouri who is known for his volatile and intense nature on the court and his records and awards with the University of North Carolina, and his time with the Indiana Pacers.

The power forward has also played for the Raptors, the Charlotte Hornets, and several teams in the CBA in China.

Tyler Hansbrough Quick Facts

  • Full Name: Tyler Hansbrough
  • Birth Date: November 3, 1985
  • Birthplace: Poplar Bluff, Missouri
  • Nickname: Psycho T
  • Nationality: American
  • Siblings: 2 brothers
  • Children: None
  • Spouse: None
  • Profession: Basketball player
  • Salary: ≈7M
  • Net worth: ≈20M
  • Social media: @THANS50 (Twitter) @masterhansbruh (Instagram)
  • Awards: National College Player of the Year (2008), NCAA Champion (2009), Number 50 retired from North Carolina Tar Heels (2010)
  • Last Updated: 07/25/2021

Tyler Hansbrough’s Birthplace and Early Life

Tyler Hansbrough

The Pride of Poplar Bluff

Tyler Hansbrough comes from a small city called Poplar Bluff in southeast Missouri. His father is an orthopedist, and his mother works in business, marketing, and philanthropy. Tyler has two brothers: Greg, who is two years older, and Ben, two years younger. Hansbrough was an avid athlete since he was a boy.

According to John Pattillo, his high school coach, he was a very focused kid when it came to his diet and working out. Tyler attended the Poplar Bluff High School and was part of the Mules’ basketball team. He led them to 2 state championships (2004 and 2005). Hansbrough’s skills also led him to be constantly fouled.

His opponents thought that knocking him around was the only way to stop him. Tyler managed to set some impressive records in high school: 958 free throw attempts (741 of them were made) and a 73.1 in terms of field goal percentage.

Hansbrough became close to Poplar Bluff High’s heart. In 2019, the school decided to call its basketball court by his name.

A College Career Full of Honors

Tyler Hansbrough became a University of North Carolina student for basketball purposes, but he also attended to pursue a degree in communications.

The forward from Missouri set records and won recognitions during his whole time in North Carolina. Let’s name a few of them.

First ACC player to score 2,872 points (12th in the history of the NCAA)

He was part of the All-America and All-ACC first team in all 4 seasons, which made him the only player in the history of the ACC to accomplish these honors.

A total of 982 made free throws set the new NCAA career record.

In 2008, Hansbrough was named National Player of the Year, ACC Player of the Year, and received several other acknowledgments.

Tyler led the University of North Carolina to 2 semifinals (2008 and 2009).

Hansbrough and the Tar Heels won the 2009 NCAA title.

Tyler Hansbrough’s Professional Career

Tyler Hansbrough’s Professional Career

Hansbrough and his Path through the NBA

Hansbrough’s legacy in the UNC made him an interesting player in the eyes of the NBA teams. The Indiana Pacers picked the Missourian back in 2009 (the 13th overall pick). The power forward already knew a bit about Indiana’s scheme because he had been playing with its summer league team in Orlando.

Tyler’s debut with the Pacers was in a game against the Washington Wizards. He played for 13 minutes and 49 seconds, scored 13 points, and the game ended with a comfortable and favorable result for the Pacers (102-86). Hansbrough had missed the first 4 games of the 2009-2010 season due to an injury in his right shin.

The 6’9” forward from Missouri played for 4 consecutive seasons with Indiana. He was scoring an average of 7 to 11 points per game. Indiana’s best moment was in the 2012-2013 season. The Pacers won the Central Division and were close to winning the conference, but Miami put a stop to that dream.

Later, Indiana signed two players that put Tyler in an uncomfortable position. He was not playing for as many minutes as before, and he ended up being signed by the Toronto Raptors in 2013. Unfortunately, Hansbrough’s 2 seasons with the Raptors were not bright either.

Even though he was all over the court trying to push the team forward, his individual stats were not impressive. He had a low average of everything: minutes, points, assists, etc. He scored an average of 4.9 and 3.6 points per game in the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 seasons respectively.

In 2015, Tyler was a free agent and went back to the place where he lived a dream during college, North Carolina. The Charlotte Hornets saw a chance to bring energy and physicality to the court. That’s how Charlotte’s General Manager Rich Cho spoke of him when asked about the team’s move.

At that moment, the Hornets were transitioning to a new name: Charlotte Bobcats. The team owned by the basketball legend Michael Jordan was not the perfect fit for Hansbrough. He just played in 44 games for an average of 7.8 minutes and scored 2.4 points per game.

Hansbrough’s last stop in his American career was in 2017. He went back to Indiana, but not exactly to the Pacers. The forward signed with its affiliated team, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, which is part of the NBA G League.

The former Tar Heel played in the 2016-2017 season for 13 games of the regular season and with an average of 17.6 points per game. He also played in 3 games of the playoffs clash the Mad Ants had with the Maine Red Claws.

China: A Different Scenario

Psycho T

Hansbrough’s possibilities of playing in the NBA again were low, so he moved his home and the intensity and involvement that gave him the “Psycho T” nickname to China. In the 2017-2018 season of the CBA, he played for the Guangzhou Loong Lions, and he found, once again, a place where he could play regularly and score more points.

Even so, Hansbrough moved on to another team for the next season: Zhejiang Golden Bulls. After averaging 21.3 and 19.8 points per game in these 2 teams and reaching the playoffs in both seasons, the last publicly known team in Tyler’s career was the Sichuan Blue Whales. He played in 17 games, scored 549 points, and had 24 assists.

It is not entirely known if Hansbrough will keep playing for the Blue Whales or playing in general.

In 2020, the Missourian and a friend launched an anything-goes podcast by the name of SleepHawk Worldwide.

Tyler Hansbrough’s Best Moments

Hansbrough’s dunks, his tenacity, concentration, and passion on the court made him earn several awards, acknowledgments and set many records for the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Here is a compilation of some of his best moments in college basketball and the moment his #50 shirt was retired from the team.

Tyler’s move to China was a way to have more minutes on the court and be more proactive with his scoring. We leave you with this video of a few of his moments with the Sichuan Blue Whales.

Tyler Hansbrough’s Family

Tyler Hansbrough is not currently married but, judging by his Instagram feed, it seems he is dating Savita Senthil. Hansbrough does not have any children yet.

Both Tyler’s brothers were into sports since they were little boys. His younger brother Ben played professional basketball in Germany, Slovenia, Spain, and United States.

Ben and Tyler even played together for the Pacers in the 2012-2013 season. There is even a viral video of Tyler defending his brother Ben when he was fouled back in 2012 in a game against Cleveland.  

Greg Hansbrough, Tyler’s older brother, was a big inspiration for him. Greg had a brain tumor when he was 7 years old. After its removal, the family was told Greg was probably not going to be able to walk again.

However, after undergoing therapy, he regained mobility and his ability to read. Greg even had the opportunity to play basketball in high school for 4 years. Tyler wears number 50 because that was his brother’s shirt number, and he wanted to honor him.

Tyler Hansbrough’s Net Worth and Career Earnings

Tyler Hansbrough’s Net Worth

Tyler Hansbrough’s net worth is an estimated USD 20,000,000.00. The former Pacers’ player earned more than USD16,500,000.00 on his 7 seasons in the NBA. The average salary for a G League player for a 5-month regular season is 35,000.00.

The salary cap in the CBA was around USD 7,000,000.00 when Tyler played for 3 seasons in China. This would amount to an estimated total of USD 37,500,000.00 in terms of career earnings.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Is Tyler Hansbrough in the NBA?

Answer: Tyler Hansbrough has not been playing in the NBA since the 2015-2016 season when he played for the Charlotte Hornets. After that, he played for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA G League. He then played for 3 seasons in the CBA in China.

Question: How Much Money did Tyler Hansbrough Make in the NBA?

Answer: Tyler Hansbrough earned around USD 16,500,000.00 during his time in the NBA. This included yearly salaries that went from USD 1,180,000.000 to USD 3,320,000.000.

Question: Where did Tyler Hansbrough Attend College?

Answer: Tyler Hansbrough attended the University of North Carolina. While playing for the Tar Heels, he won the NCAA Championship in 2009.

Question: What was Tyler Hansbrough’s Nickname?

Answer: For his intensity and physicality on the court, his nickname was Psycho T.

Question: Who is Tyler Hansbrough?

Answer: Tyler Hansbrough, or “Psycho T,” is an American basketball player from Missouri who is known for his volatile and intense nature on the court and his records and awards with the University of North Carolina, and his time with the Indiana Pacers.

The power forward has also played for the Raptors, the Charlotte Hornets, and several teams in the CBA in China.


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