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Greg Hansen



The 1970 Hurley High and Dakota Wesleyan grad averaged a double-double for eight consecutive seasons – four at Hurley and four at DWU – and was all-conference all eight seasons.

At Hurley, the two-time all-stater had 1,989 points and 1,663 rebounds with career highs of 62 points and 34 rebounds. He averaged 13 points and 13 rebounds a game as a freshman. As a senior, he averaged 24 points and 21 rebounds. He also excelled at football, where the 6-foot-7, 205-pounder was a four-year starter and caught 44 passes for 662 yards (in seven games) as a senior.

He was recruited by Tennessee, Wyoming and legendary Maryland coach Lefty Driesell but elected to stay in South Dakota and play for Wesleyan.

At DWU, he started all 92 games and scored in double figures in 89 of them for Coach Gordie Fosness. In his DWU career, Hansen scored 2,146 points and had 1,047 rebounds. He had career averages of 23.3 points, 11.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists a game. Hansen twice led the Tigers to South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference titles.

He played mostly on the perimeter and did a lot of his shooting from outside, something that was very rare for a 6-7 player back then. He averaged 18 points and 10.7 rebounds as a freshman and pushed that to 27 points and 13.3 rebounds as a senior, while his field-goal percentage went from 51 percent as a freshman to 57 percent as a senior.

He still holds the DWU single-season free-throw record of 92 percent.

Hansen was contacted by three NBA teams (Portland, Phoenix and Chicago) and one ABA team (Memphis) during and after his senior season in 1974 but decided to begin a career in journalism instead.

He is a member of the DWU, SDIC and South Dakota High School Basketball halls of fame. He was the sports editor of the Mitchell Daily Republic and the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.






































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