Hanks Named to the North Central Region First Team
Tuesday, March 9, 2004
Mar. 9, 2004

MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Bemidji State University men’s basketball senior forward Charles “Buster” Hanks (Chicago, Ill.) was selected to the 2004 Daktronics All-North Central Region First Team, announced today. He is the first Beaver to be recognized with such an honor in reported school history.

The first team included North Central Conference (NCC) representatives Tommie King from South Dakota, Alex Carlson of St. Cloud State and James Staten of Minnesota State University, Mankato. Also, Nick Branting of Nebraska-Kearney joined Buster on the five-man squad. For the second team, those members were Jack Bain of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Stephen Bahl of Colorado School of Mines, Andy Moeller of South Dakota State University, Alfred Sanchez of Colorado State University-Pueblo and Matt Vaughn of Colorado Christian University.

“No matter what happens (with the team) at this point,” said assistant coach Stan Johnson. “He is the best player to attend Bemidji State University. He means more to this team than what any single player does for anyone else.

“He demands so much attention that he forces the players around him to become better. He is one of the reasons why we are where we are right now.”

A three-time All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) First Team selection and 2003-04 NSIC Player of the Year, Hanks stands second all-time at BSU with 1,579 points and sixth with 583 lifetime 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 his career fifth with 1,021 points in NSIC games only.

After being announced as the 2003-04 NSIC Preseason Player of the Year, Hanks was named to the 2003-04 Street & Smith’s Preseason Honorable Mention All-America Team - thought to be the first All-American in BSU history since the school became an NCAA institution in 1992. He led the conference in scoring (20.3 ppg), rebounding (7.4 rpg) and field goal percentage (.592), just the second NSIC athlete ever to be first among conference players in three categories the same season. Buster became the first Beaver athlete to be NSIC Player of the Year in the 42-year history of the award.

Buster was the lone NSIC athlete to be named either on the first or second teams. The five first-team honorees will move on to the national ballot for 2004 Daktronics All-America consideration. Voting was conducted among Sports Information Directors from the NCC, NSIC and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

The Beavers travel to Denver, Colo. to take on No. 7 Nebraska-Kearney in the 2004 NCAA North Central Regionals. Tip-off is set for 2:30 p.m. MST Saturday, Mar. 13 at the Auraria Events Center on the campus of the No. 1 regional seed, Metropolitan State. The game will be broadcast live on KBSB-FM 90 with Josh Harvey and Chad Waller providing the radio coverage. Internet users with Real Time audio can log on to www.FM90.org and listen on the world wide web.

Single game passes are $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children while all-tournament passes are $24.00 for adults and $12.00 for children. For ticket information, please contact the Metro State Ticket Office at (303) 556-4874.