Hanks Signs With United States Basketball League’s Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs
Tuesday, April 13, 2004
April 13, 2004

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University men’s basketball senior forward Charles “Buster” Hanks (Chicago, Ill.) has signed a contract with the Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs of the United States Basketball League (USBL), announced today by the BSU men’s basketball staff.

“This is a great stepping stone for him and I think this is a good chance for him to get his name out there,” said assistant coach Stan Johnson, who will follow head coach Jeff Guiot down to Southwest Baptist University this month. “There will be NBA and scouts from overseas watching him; I know that he will move on to better things after this (Pennsylvania).”

The ValleyDawgs, who are located in Easton, Penn. and members of the 11-team USBL, play a 30-game schedule beginning April 17. Pennsylvania is coached by former NBA player Darryl Dawkins and begins its sixth season in the league. For more information on the ValleyDawgs, go to www.valleydawgs.com\ or call 610-250-9970.

Hanks, whose accolades include 2003-04 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II All-America Team, 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 wrapped up his Beaver career 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.

A physical education major with a health minor, Hanks will continue his studies at Bemidji State while playing for Pennsylvania.