Hanks Mentioned on Preseason All-America Squad
Monday, September 29, 2003
Sept. 29, 2003

BEMIDJI, MINN. - Senior forward Charles Hanks (Chicago, Ill.) has been recognized on the 2003-04 Street & Smith’s Men’s Basketball D-II Honorable Mention All-American Team, as announced today. Hanks is thought to be the first Bemidji State men’s basketball player to be an NCAA Division II Preseason All-American - BSU was an NAIA institution through the 1991-92 season.

Hanks is the lone representative from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and just one of six honorees from the North Central Region on the first-team, second-team or honorable mention clubs.

“This couldn’t happen to a better person,” said head coach Jeff Guiot. “He is a special person and very deserving of this award.

“He has been the catalyst for getting the men’s basketball program to where it is today and the success that it is having. He is a well-rounded athlete, works hard and his leadership is second-to-none. The mark he has made on this team is something special.”

Hanks, a two-time All-NSIC First Team selection and 2001-02 NSIC Newcomer of the Year brings career averages of 17.5 points per game, 6.5 rebounds per game and a 52.8% shooting clip to the 2003-04 season. “Buster” Hanks holds the BSU single-game scoring high with 44 points against Winona State, Mar. 1, 2003. The 6-7 forward has been in the top-30 in the league in points, rebounds, field goal percentage, blocks and steal in his two seasons at Bemidji State. Hanks played one season at South Plains (KS) Community College before his BSU arrival - he was an all-conference performer there.

Hanks went over the 20-point barrier 11 times in 2002-03 and 22 in his career - the Beavers are 16-6 when Hanks scores 20 or more. The five-time NSIC Offensive Player of the Week notched his ninth career double-double with 27 points and 11 caroms against Minnesota-Duluth (2/15/03). In his final 13 games, he averaged 20.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game totaling at least 25 points in five contests and recording four double-doubles. Hanks was the first BSU first-team all-conference repeat selection since Mac Smith (1998-2001).

As a sophomore, Hanks was tops on the squad in scoring on 15 occasions and reached double figures for points in 25 of the 28 games including 11 times with 20+ points. The 2002-03 Preseason NSIC Player to Watch was second in the NSIC was second in scoring (17.8 ppg) and seventh in rebounding (6.2 rpg).

“Buster’s greatest asset is that he doesn’t force things; he is very team-oriented,” said Guiot. “One good thing this season is that we have more athletes around him to take some of the load away from him.”

Hanks joins 20 other student-athletes on the honorable mention team. There are five players apiece on the first and second teams.

With a total of more than 2 million copies, Street & Smith’s has been a part of American sports for more than 60 years. Beginning in 1940 with the first college football edition, Street & Smith’s produced the first publications to offer a complete review of the previous season and comprehensive preview of the coming one.

Bemidji State opens up the 2003-04 schedule with a home contest against North Dakota at 7:00 p.m. in the BSU Gymnasium.

Hank’s Career Statistics
YR    GP    FG-FGA    PCT.    3FG-FGA    PCT.    FT-FTA    PCT.    REB    A    BLK    STL    PTS    AVG
‘ 02-03    29*    206*-380*    .542*    24-70    .343    62-95    .653    196*    55    23*    26    498*    17.2*
‘ 01-02    28*    213*-414*    .514*    33-97    .340    40-68    .588    174*    34    22*    36    499*    17.8*
Total    57    419-794    .528    57-167    .341    102-163    .626    370    89    25    62    997    17.5
*Ranks 1st on team