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Travis Hansen
Nickname Elder 8 Mile
Position Shooting Guard
Small Forward
Height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg)
League Euroleague
Liga ACB
Team Real Madrid
Born April 15, 1978 (1978-04-15) (age 31)
Provo, Utah, USA
Nationality American / Russian
High school Mountain View High School
College BYU
Draft 2nd round, 37th overall, 2003
Atlanta Hawks
Pro career 2003present
Former teams Atlanta Hawks (2003-04)
TAU Cerámica (2004-06)
Dynamo Moscow (2006-09)

Travis Mitchell Hansen (born April 15, 1978, in Provo, Utah) is an American professional basketball player, who is currently playing for Spanish power Real Madrid. He played one year in the NBA playing for the Atlanta Hawks.

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Biography

After graduating from Mountain View High School, Hansen first played college basketball near his hometown of Orem, Utah at Utah Valley State College from 1996-1997. His mother Laurie Hansen was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died shortly after. He later went on to serve as a Mormon missionary in Santiago, Chile for two years, he played basketball at Brigham Young University for three seasons, from 2000 to 2003. During his tenure with BYU, he was also known as "Elder 8 Mile", for his similar appearance to rapper, Eminem. With his selection by the Atlanta Hawks in 2003, he became the first BYU men's basketball player to be drafted since Shawn Bradley in 1993. He is married to the former LaRee Merrell and they have two sons; Ryder and Mason.

Non-profit Foundation

After visiting orphanages in Russia, Travis and his wife LaRee started the Little Heroes Foundation. Here is their mission: "Little Heroes Foundation is a non-profit organization determined to change the lives of underprivileged children all over the world. LHF believes that we are all children of God. Every child is a unique individual who deserves to be loved and cared for. We create opportunities to improve educational, medical, and living conditions for our little heroes in the hopes that we can help them to grow into intelligent, healthy, productive citizens."

Natures Sunshine is the founding sponsor of the Little Heroes Foundation. They are currently working on projects in Russia, Africa, Spain, USA and South America. His wife LaRee is currently writing a children's book about Little Heroes and they plan to create a curriculum to be taught in schools around the world.[1] (www.littleheroesfoundation.org)

Professional career

NBA

He was drafted by the Hawks in the second round of the 2003 NBA Draft, 37th overall, and played 41 games for them, starting four, averaging 3.0 points per game.

Europe

Known for his defensive ability, vertical leap and outside shooting, Hansen played one season for the Hawks before signing with TAU Cerámica in Spain, helping the team to back-to-back trips to the Euroleague Final Four and the Spanish League finals. In 2006, ULEB Cup Champions Dynamo Moscow signed him on a two-year contract.[2] After helping his team reach the Euroleague's Top-16, he was placed on the injured list for the rest of the season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon.[3]

Hansen recovered from his injury and in the 2007-08 season Hansen helped Dynamo take 3rd place in the ULEB Cup and averaged 17.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg while shooting 56.4 FG and 46.3% 3PT.[4]

In February 2008, Hansen extended his contract with Dynamo Moscow for three more years. However, in May 2009, Hansen was released after an agreement between the club and the player. On July, he returned to Liga ACB, signing a two year contract with Real Madrid [5].

Russian national team

In March 2008, Hansen received Russian citizenship or a "red passport" to play for the Russian national basketball team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.[6] However, he did not actually play for Russia.

Awards and accomplishments

  • Mountain West Conference Champion '01, 03
  • All-MWC 2nd Team '02
  • All-MWC 1st Team '03
  • All-MWC Defensive Player of the Year '03
  • Euroleague Finalist '05
  • Spanish ACB Regular Season Champion '05
  • Spanish ACB Finalist '05, 06
  • Spanish ACB Supercup Winner '05
  • Spanish Copa del Rey Winner '06
  • Euroleague Semifinals '06
  • Spanish ACB Regular Season Runner-Up '06
  • Eurobasket.com All-Russian A Superleague 2nd Team '07
  • Eurobasket.com Russian A Superleague All-Newcomers Team '07
  • Russian Cup Semifinals '08
  • ULEB Cup Semifinals '08
  • Russian A Superleague Semifinals '08
  • Eurobasket.com All-Russian A Superleague Honorable Mention '08

Notes

  1. ^ Deseret News | Quite a Dynamo — Hansen and wife make a difference in Moscow
  2. ^ Dynamo Tabs Travis Hansen, July 17, 2006, Euroleague.net.
  3. ^ Dynamo's Hansen out for season, Euroleague.net
  4. ^ HANSEN, TRAVIS - Welcome to ULEB Cup
  5. ^ MARCA | Travis Hansen, a un paso del Real Madrid
  6. ^ RussiaToday : Sports : Basketball: Dynamo Moscow star nets Russian passport

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