League Player of the Week Honor Goes to Hanks
Monday, February 23, 2004
Feb. 23, 2004

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Bemidji State men’s basketball senior forward Charles “Buster” Hanks (Chicago, Ill.) was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week after he averaged 20 points and 3.5 rebounds while shooting 76 percent in two NSIC wins over the weekend. The announcement, which Buster shared with Wayne State’s Brett Cain, came from the league offices today.

The award is Buster’s ninth of his career and fourth this season, tops among all active league players.

“Those (SW Minnesota State & Wayne State) were two big games for us.” said head coach Jeff Guiot. “Big-time players step up in those situations and Buster is one of those sort of players. That is why he will go down as one of the greatest players to ever play at BSU.”

Hanks led his Beavers to a weekend sweep of host SW Minnesota State and Wayne State over the weekend as he added six assists and four blocks. Hanks went for a game-high 23 points, his 34th career 20 point effort, against SMSU as he was a career-best nine-of-10 (.900) from the floor. He was a big reason for BSU’s school record 67.3 percent mark from the field. Against Wayne State, Hanks posted 17 points on seven-of-11 (.636) shooting.

A 2003-04 NSIC Preseason Player of the Year, Buster moved to sixth-place on the NSIC Career Scoring list as he stands with 997 points - with just three more points, Hanks will become the only 1,000 point scorer in NSIC history with only three years of participation.

On the season, Buster is first in the NSIC in scoring (20.2) and rebounding (7.2) and second in field goal percentage (.593).

The Beavers, which hold a one-half game lead over Northern State for first-place in the conference standings, play host to Minnesota Duluth, Thursday, Feb. 26. Game-time is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. at the BSU Gymnasium. With a win, BSU would clinch at least a share of the NSIC Regular Season Championship for the first time since 1966-67.

Bemidji State NSIC Players of the Week in 2003-04
• Sherwin Johnson, Nov. 28
• Charles Hanks, Dec. 8 (Co-Player)
• Adam Daley, Jan. 5
• Charles Hanks, Jan. 12 (Co-Player)
• Charles Hanks, Jan. 19 (Co-Player)
• Charles Hanks, Feb. 23 (Co-Player)