Ben Hansbrough promoted to full-time assistant

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PROSPECT — Western Kentucky has promoted Ben Hansbrough to a full-time assistant role, WBKO learned Monday.

“We’re excited to have Ben join our staff,” Stansbury said in a release. “Naturally, I’ve known Ben for a long time, and he’s a young man that developed himself into a tremendous player and eventually an NBA guy through hard work.

"There’s not many people I respect more that have worked harder than Ben Hansbrough to become the player he became. That’s something that I want to be a part of our staff. He represents what I stand for and what I’m about – hard work.”

Hansbrough spent the 2016-17 year as a graduate assistant manager and spent 2015-16 as WKU’s coordinator of player development. He’ll take the position left vacant by Quannas White in April who joined the staff at Houston.

From Poplar Bluff, Mo., Hansbrough played for Rick Stansbury at Mississippi State from 2006-08. He then transferred to Notre Dame for his final two years and was the Big East player of the year in 2010-11.

Hansbrough played in 28 games for the Indiana Pacers in 2012-13. His brother Tyler Hansbrough played at North Carolina and is currently in the NBA D-League.

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