Hanks Wins NSIC Player of the Week Back-to-Back
Monday, March 1, 2004
Mar. 1, 2004

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Bemidji State men’s basketball senior forward Charles “Buster” Hanks (Chicago, Ill.) was selected as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week, his fifth on the year. Buster had 24 points and 12 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season helping the Beavers bring home the 2003-04 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Regular Season Championship for the first time in 37 years.

The league offices made the announcement today. Buster shared the award with Jared Keaveny from SW Minnesota State for his 10th career weekly honor, first among all active league players.

“It is nice to have Buster playing with confidence.” said head coach Jeff Guiot. “We have gotten a little spoiled with having Buster around and playing for this university.

“ One of the reasons for his success is because he handles each award with so much humility and grace. That is really unheard of in college athletics today. It shows the true character of this young man.”

Hanks shot 10-of-17 (.588) from the floor, in the 86-76 title-clinching win over Minnesota Duluth last Thursday. The 6-7 forward added three assists and a game-high two blocks in 32 minutes of action. That victory coupled with a Northern State loss on Friday gave the Beavers their first NSIC regular season title since 1966-67.

Hanks has been anything but spectacular this season, leading the team 20 times in scoring, 15 times in rebounding and 12 times in blocks. The 2003-04 NSIC Preseason Player of the Year became the first NSIC athlete in history to score over 1,000 points in just three-years of action; he stands with 1,021, good for fifth on the all-time list.

In league games only, Buster ended the season first in the NSIC in scoring (21.5), rebounding (7.8) and field goal percentage (.636). He became just the second NSIC athlete ever to accomplish the feat of ranking first in three categories; Jay Guidinger from Minnesota-Duluth was the tri-leader in 1989-90. Guidinger eventually went on to star for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Beavers will host their third consecutive NSIC Tournament game this Wednesday, Mar. 3. BSU received the No. 1 seed and will face No. 8 seed Minnesota State, Moorhead with tip-off scheduled for 8:00 p.m. at the BSU Gymnasium. The game will conclude a double-header as the Beaver women host Winona State at 6:00 p.m. for the first home playoff game in women’s history.

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)
• Charles Hanks, Mar. 1 (Co-Player)