That was funny, the Duke fan dressed like the Muppet, wearing Tyler Hansbrough's number and a T-shirt that said, "D League."
But Hansbrough is not a D League player. He'll be selected in the first round of the NBA draft and he'll make his team's rotation.
He did hit an impressive three-pointer with the shot clock running down against the Blue Devils Wednesday and he'll occasionally have to hit from the outside to be an offensive factor in the NBA. But that won't be his game.
His game will be working harder than anybody else on the court. As well as he rebounds, he also runs better than any big man in college basketball. He just keeps going -- on the break, after the rebound, to the basket. And he doesn't wear down.
I have never seen a player, at any level of the game, work as hard as he does.
Hansbrough even practices hard. If a team has a star that doesn't like to practice, how bad will Hansbrough make him look?
Coaches love it when their best player also is their hardest worker. But they don't mind it when a less skilled player is. Teammates will have to hustle to keep up with him in games, practice and camp.
Had Hansbrough come out in 2007, after his sophomore season, I think the Charlotte Bobcats would have drafted him, and not Jared Dudley, with the 22nd pick.