Hanks Tabbed as NABC All-America, First in BSU Lore
Monday, March 29, 2004
Mar. 29, 2004

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Bemidji State University men’s basketball senior forward Charles “Buster” Hanks (Chicago, Ill.) was represented on the 2003-04 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II All-American Team. The announcement came yesterday from the NABC offices. The student-athletes were selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC.

“ This is a tremendous honor for him, the school and everyone associated with him,” said head coach Jeff Guiot, who takes over the head coaching spot at Southwest Baptist University next month. “This award is coming from the coaches who are professionals in their sport.

“It is a special thing because with him being an All-American player, he is an even better person. I have never coached a kid who is more humble than Buster.”

Hanks, whose accolades include 2003-04 Street & Smith’s Preseason Honorable Mention All-America Team, 2003-04 Daktronics First Team All-North Central Region, 2003-04 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Year and First Team All-NSIC selection, ranked 17th in field goal percentage (.591) and 33rd in scoring (20.5 ppg) in the NCAA. Buster became the 13th 1,000-point scorer in school history as he finished second on the BSU Career Scoring List with 1,613 points. A 10-time NSIC Player of the Week career recipient, Hanks sits fifth with 600 lifetime rebounds and his 55.0 percent career field goal mark ranks first in school record books.

He wrapped up the 2003-04 season tops in BSU lore with 246 season field goals, second with 616 points and fifth with 230 rebounds. Hanks became the first player in NSIC history to reach the 1,000 point plateau in just three-years of participation as he finished fifth with 1,021 league points and 13th with 354 rebounds. The South Plains (Kan.) Community College transfer led the conference (NSIC games only) in scoring (21.5 ppg), rebounding (7.8 rpg) and field goal percentage (.636); just the second NSIC athlete ever to be first in three categories the same season.

Hanks is only one of two players from the North Central Region to be honored (Tommie King - South Dakota) and is the sole representative from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. He becomes the first NCAA All-America in reported BSU history.

The NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary University of Kansas basketball coach. The NABC currently claims nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. Associate memberships also are afforded to athletic directors, conference commissioners, faculty members, officials, and high school coaches. Additional information about the NABC, its programs, and membership can be found at www.NABC.com.