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Men’s Basketball: Irish pick up transfer from Mississippi State

Fran Tolan | Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Former Mississippi State guard Ben Hansbrough will transfer to Notre Dame for the 2008-2009 academic year.

Hansbrough, a sophomore who averaged 10.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game last season for the Bulldogs, will sit out next season then have two years of eligibility left with the Irish.

Hansbrough is the younger brother of North Carolina forward Tyler Hansbrough, who won virtually every Player of the Year award this past season.

The 6-foot-3 shooting guard started 28 of Mississippi State’s 34 games last season as the Bulldogs advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

He could help fill a void left by the probable departures of rising senior guards and sharpshooters Kyle McAlarney and Ryan Ayers after next season.