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Hansen commits to BYU basketball

By Darnell Dickson daily Herald - | Aug 2, 2018

The BYU men’s basketball team picked up another sweet shooting guard from Timpview on Thursday with the commitment of senior-to-be Nate Hansen.

The Cougars swept up high-scoring Hunter Erickson in the 2018 recruiting class. Erickson averaged 22.5 points per game for Timpview last season and Hansen, a 6-foot-3 guard, was a good compliment. Hansen averaged 15.1 points per game and made 90 3-pointers. He scored a career-best 30 points against Cottonwood on January 26.

Hansen also had offers from UC Irvine, UC Davis and Portland.

“I grew up a three-minute drive from the Marriott Center and I’ve always been around BYU,” Hansen said. “I know what they are about and I love the culture in Provo. It’s a great place and I love being around people with the same values.”

Hansen had an offer in hand from UC Irvine but BYU entered the picture in a big way during the live recruiting period in July. Hansen plays for former Cougar Marty Haws and the Utah Mountain Stars 17u AAU team. One of his teammates, Wasatch Academy’s Bernardo De Silva, also has a BYU offer.

Hansen said Cougar head coach Dave Rose and his assistants were all in attendance at his AAU games at various times during the summer.

“One of the main things Coach Rose said he loved about my game is that I’m able to play fast and play smart,” Hansen said. “He said when I’m on the court, good things happen. As a point guard it’s about controlling the pace of the game and leading the team.”

Last summer, Hansen was diagnosed with a rare blood disease called rhabdomyolysis that put him in the hospital for several weeks. His recovery spanned the summer and part of the fall of 2017. But he had a productive junior year at Timpview and has had a very good AAU summer season.

“I’m playing my best ball and I feel great,” Hansen said. “I’ve been really happy with how I’m playing.”

Hansen said he plans on leaving for an LDS mission next June, which would put him back in Provo for the 2021-22 season.

Hansen’s mother, Jeni Ross Hansen, was an all-state basketball player for Timpview in the early 1990’s.

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