Tony Hanson (October 20, 1955 – November 25, 2018) was an American basketball participant. He was drafted by the New Orleans Jazz within the third spherical of the 1977 NBA draft.
He was chairman of Tees Valley Mohawks Basketball Club, who compete within the high tier of English basketball. He died of a suspected coronary heart assault on November 25, 2018 in Windham CT.
After retiring from basketball, Hanson arrange Hoop Dreams Social Enterprise, using his diploma in Special Education to run an initiative to assist younger folks with training issues, utilizing basketball to assist them. He was additionally chairperson of Middlesbrough Black & Minority Ethnic Network, championing beneath represented ethnic teams within the UK. His charitable work led to him being awarded an MBE in 2007. Then tradition secretary Tessa Jowell, who offered with Hanson the award, stated of him, “Thanks to Mr Hanson’s tireless efforts, 1000’s of younger folks in Tees Valley have benefited from the alternatives created by the Hoop Dreams Social Enterprise.”
After not making the New Orleans Jazz first group, Hanson moved to Europe and had extremely profitable profession in Italy, France, Northern Ireland and England. His endeavors in England led him to Tees Valley Mohawks, the place he turned coach after retirement successful numerous trophies all through the years with a star studded solid which featured UConn alumnus equivalent to EJ Harrison a 1999 NCAA Championship winner.
Following 4 profitable years with Huskies, Hanson was picked by New Orleans Jazz within the third spherical of the 1977 NBA draft. He performed preseason however attributable to Injury he continued his profession in Europe.
After a standout highschool profession at Holy Cross High School, Hanson attended the University of Connecticut taking part in beneath legendary coach Dee Rowe. In his junior season, they received the ECAC New England Championship as he guided the group to a Sweet 16 look. He was additionally the Yankee Conference Rookie of the Year in 1974. The subsequent two seasons noticed Hanson within the All-Yankee Conference First Team decide, each in 1975 and 1976. It was his senior 12 months that gained him recognition, his double-double common of 26.0 factors per recreation and 10.6 rebounds per contest main him to be named New England Player of the Year and ECAC Player of the Year. His time taking part in for the Huskies has led him to 3rd in profession scoring amongst all Connecticut basketball gamers (1,990 factors in whole), and first in area objectives with 784. His common of 26.0 factors per recreation locations him second. Hanson was named to the UConn Basketball All-Century Team in 2001 in addition to its Huskies of Honor in 2007.